Hours and Locations

Note: Idaho State Historical Society sites, including the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Franklin and Stricker Ranch Historic Sites, the Idaho State Museum, and the Research Center at the Idaho State Archives will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, and all programming and events are currently canceled or postponed until further notice. Essential agency services, as mandated by state statute, will still be offered during the public closure.

This public closure will be in effect until June 12, 2020, unless extended. See individual sites below for reopening dates and procedures.

Please visit history.idaho.gov/historyathome for online resources from the Idaho State Historical Society


In Boise, tour the Old Idaho Penitentiary, immerse yourself in Idaho’s history at the Idaho State Museum, see one of the oldest Bureau of Reclamation Buildings the Boise Project Office, or stop by the old Assay Office and enjoy the surrounding park.

Visit one of Idaho’s earliest settlements, Franklin, where many of the towns original historic buildings stand to this day! Tour the museum in the Relic Hall and interpretive center in the Hatch House.

Visit the Pierce Courthouse, built in 1862 before Idaho was a territory.

Stop by Hansen to tour the Stricker Homesite, the interpretive center, and the remains of the historic Rock Creek Station, a once-thriving stage stop along the Oregon Trail.