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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.

Other events will be taking place offsite. Check out events at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and our Brown Bag Lecture Series at Washington Group Plaza. 

Brown Bag Presentation
The James Castle House Project

September 12, noon to 1 p.m.

The James Castle House in Boise, Idaho will open in the Spring of 2018, forty years after James Castle’s death. Offering diverse educational opportunities, exhibition space, and residency programs, the James Castle House will preserve the home of self-taught artist James Castle while supporting emerging artists with an authentic context for better understanding the interplay between environment and creative process. Join Rachel Reichert, manager, and Byron W. Folwell, architect and design consultant, as they discuss the City of Boise’s massive restoration project to preserve internationally celebrated artist James Castle’s home, workspaces, and physical legacy. 

Formally trained as a metalsmith, Rachel Reichert's work blurs the line between art, marketing, preservation, and community engagement. Having studied at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Boise State University, and Penland School of Crafts, her work is influenced by cultural heritage and the identity of place. Reichert currently works as a Studio Artist, Cultural Sites Manager for the City of Boise's Department of Arts& History, and is Co-Founder of The Atlanta School, a small art and architecture school in Atlanta, Idaho.
Byron W. Folwell, AIA is an Idaho native and a licensed architect and public artist. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, and Preservation Idaho. He is the owner of Studio Maelstrom, a design firm specializing in the intersection of art, architecture, and history. He lives in Boise with his wife, a photographer and designer, with whom he shares a passionate love of their two children, their community, and their home state.

Location: Central Auditorium, Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd, Boise.  Free admission.

Annual Events 
Museum Comes to Life (postponed until 2018)

Last Saturday in September

Julia Davis Park, Boise

The Idaho State Museum has celebrated Museum Comes to Life for over 40 years, as it is our annual living history event.  The Museum hosts featured performances at the Bandshell, with musicians and dancers from many cultures and genres.  The event features vintage vehicles in the parking lot adjacent to the Rose Garden, including police cars, and a stage coach.  Participants have included the Idaho Woodcarver’s Guild, Idaho Civil War Volunteers encampment, WWII reenactors, Society for Creative Anachronism, and many other reenactors and dynamic groups demonstrating historic trades, cultures, games and crafts.  Fun for all ages!  The event is free!  

Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December
2017 Schedule 

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Historical Museum, and includes twelve lectures by celebrated experts on unique aspects of Idaho history, covering a wide range of topics of interest to a variety of age groups. The Brown Bag lectures take place the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 pm.  During the Museum renovation and expansion, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza, Central Auditorium.  Admission is free. Donations are welcome. 



Featured Exhibition

FARGO at the Old Pen
Fargo - Movie at the Old Pen

Sep 29th