Program Offerings at the Idaho State Museum
Self Guided Tours Explore the Idaho State Museum as a class – use activities from your own curriculum or download our Explorer Guides to help your students engage with museum exhibits through a multidisciplinary lens. We recommend 1 hour for Pre-K-5th grades, and 1.5 hours for grades 6-12. Chaperone supervision is required; we recommend 1 chaperone per 5 students for the best experience. Self-guided tours can accommodate a maximum of 90 students per time slot. $3.00 per student.
Guided Tours Bring your students to the Idaho State Museum and immerse yourself in Idaho history, exploring the relationship between the land and its people. Museum educators or ambassadors will guide you through the exhibits, answer questions, and assist with hands-on activities. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and groups are welcome to explore the museum in small groups under chaperone supervision afterward. Tours can accommodate a maximum of 50 students. $4.00 per student.
Workshops Enhance your museum visit with a hands on workshop! Workshops include a themed tour, hands on activity, and time to explore. Offerings are listed below. Workshops are approximately 45 minutes long and include a 45 minute tour (90m total). Chaperone supervision is required when exploring the museum. Workshop programs can accommodate up to 50 students per time slot. $5.00 per student.
Drawn to Idaho Designed for grades K-8 Essential Question: Why do people make art? Students will explore the museum on a tour focusing the materials and methods used to make art throughout Idaho’s history. From petroglyphs to paintings, students will consider why art is made and what we can learn from studying art through history. In the classroom students will learn about the art made in the Minidoka War Relocation Camp during WWII and, using similar materials to those available in a camp setting, will create their own piece of art and consider their own thought and material process.
Eye Spy Idaho Designed for grades 2-6 Essential Question: How do plants and animals adapt to their environments? In this outdoor program, students will be introduced to the science of “phenology”- the study of cycles in the natural world. They will be given a nature journal to sketch and observe species in Pioneer Village, as Meriwether Lewis did on the expedition of the Corps of Discovery. The tour will focus on native species of Idaho and how they contribute to our unique ecosystems.
Secret Life of Artifacts Designed for grades 6-12 Essential Question: What are the stories artifacts tell? Explore the collections of artifacts at the Idaho State Museum, and learn about the unique story each object can tell. Students will spend hands on time exploring artifacts in the Museum’s Education Collection and find an artifact within the exhibits that speaks to them. Students will then practice being museum curators and using their creative writing skills to write labels for artifacts, learning the process of investigating history and making objects meaningful through their own creative work.
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and WWII Designed for grades 6-12 (Offered January 25th – April 5th) Essential Question: Why do rights need to be protected? Students will work together to identify the similarities and differences between human rights and civil rights. They will explore the stories of Idahoans to better understand the effects of when rights are protected or denied. Finally, using primary sources, students will examine and formulate a timeline which illustrates the context and impacts of Japanese incarceration. This will help students build historical empathy giving them the tools to understand how the past has shaped the present so that they can make changes in the future.