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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
Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Southern Idaho’s amazing history spans beyond that of human occupation. Etched in its rugged mountains, stark lava fields, and cascading rivers lies evidence of incredible geologic events.  The scenic and varied landscape of southern Idaho records tales of cataclysmic floods, massive volcanic outbursts, huge glaciers, meteorite impacts, and ancient sequoia forests, as well as housing some of the oldest and youngest rocks in the western U.S. Join CSI geology professor and author, Shawn Willsey, as he unveils the inspiration, process, and stories of his new book, Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho, a comprehensive guide to 23 fascinating geologic sites within the southern half of the Gem State.  

Shawn Willsey is a Distinguished Professor of Geology at the College of Southern Idaho. He also teaches rock climbing and whitewater rafting course and serves as a part-time guide. He earned a BS degree in Geology at Weber State University and an MS degree in Geology at Northern Arizona University.  He is a licensed professional geologist and has led geology field trips to Scotland, Hawaii, Iceland, and throughout the western U.S. He enjoys explaining the Earth’s fascinating history to all audiences. 

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. 



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Museum Store Sunday
Museum Store Sunday
Museum Store Sunday

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