Idaho’s Capitol building is truly the “People’s House.” Changing exhibition galleries provide an exciting opportunity for artists and organizations to feature their creative work and histories. We encourage your interest in learning about the Capitol Changing Exhibition program. For more information on the program or the Capitol Usage guidelines, please e-mail the Idaho State Collections team at ISMCollections@ishs.idaho.gov or call (208) 334-2118.
Temporary Exhibit Program
While on the Garden Level, take a look at the temporary exhibits along the hallways of the legislative wings. Throughout the year, the Idaho State Historical Society changes these exhibits, featuring the works of artists from across the state.
Statuary Hall was restored during the Capitol Restoration Project and is now a light filled changing exhibition space. Like the Garden Level, this temporary exhibit space features the artistic talent of Idaho in addition to the Capitol Historic Tree project.
Capitol Historic Trees Project
During restoration of the capitol, workers had to remove several historic trees, including those planted by presidents Benjamin Harrison in 1891 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. Representative Max Black spearheaded an effort to save the lumber and created a unique program facilitating its use. Idaho artisans created objects and furniture from the wood an donated the pieces to the collection of the Idaho State Historical Society. Visitors can enjoy a changing exhibit in Statuary hall featuring selections from over 200 items crafted from the historic trees.
Garden Level Display Cases
Interested in highlighting your organization for longer than a day? The Garden Level Display Cases provide organizations and individuals with a unique opportunity for a small temporary exhibit in the Garden Level Central Rotunda throughout the year. These display cases can be reserved by contacting the Idaho State Museum collections team via email, ISMCollections@ishs.idaho.gov, or telephone, (208) 334-2118.