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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. 

Annual Events 
Museum Comes to Life (temporarily postponed)

 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 (temporarily postponed)

This series includes 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 have taken place once a month from noon to 1 pm.  During the Museum renovation and expansion, the lectures have been temporarily postponed until we get settled into the newly remodeled museum.  Check back for updates soon!