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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical 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
Vista Neighborhood

May 9, 2017 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for discussion with Barbara Perry Bauer on the history of the Vista Neighborhood, the gateway to Boise. The neighborhood is located on the Boise Bench, just a few minutes from downtown.  Its history is rooted in the unique relationship between the development of irrigation and transportation and is entwined with the history of Boise.  Many key figures were instrumental in the development of this neighborhood.  Barbara's presentation will review the history of the neighborhood, key developers and entrepreneurs and the relationship of the neighborhood to the rest of the city.

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 Historical Museum (ISHM) 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.