An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.

Idaho State Historical Museum

Idaho State Historical Museum

Idaho Historical Museum, ca. 1962

Idaho State Historical Museum

Photo Credit: ISHS

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.


Please visit us at our temporary location:

Bureau of Reclamation Building

214 Broadway Ave

Boise, Id 83702


Mon - Fri 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Looking for more history?  Visit the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Idaho State Capitol, or the Lincoln Legacy exhibit at the Idaho State Archives.

Founded in 1907, the Idaho Historical Museum has a comprehensive collection of over 250,000 objects.  Events, special traveling exhibitions, and programs provide unique learning opportunities for families, school groups, and other visitors.  The Idaho State Historical Museum receives support and resources from the Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Exciting changes are coming for Museum! Get ready to enjoy a whole new experience as the Idaho Historical Museum expands to provide more exhibits, more artifacts on display, and more activities for school groups and families. The Museum closed for an extensive renovation and expansion on August 4, 2014. While closed, we are still offering a wide variety of educational opportunities.  

  • Need to contact someone at the Idaho State Historical Museum?  Check our staff list.

Featured Exhibition

James Castle at desk, James Castle Collection and Archive
The James Castle House
Brown Bag Program

Sep 12th

Events to Attend