The Idaho State Museum tells the story of Idaho through its three main geographic regions: the lakes and forests of the north, the mountains and rivers in central Idaho, and the deserts and canyons of the south. Furthermore, the museum explores the idea of the people and land shaping each other over time, while chronicling the origin stories of Idaho’s five federally recognized tribes.
The Origins gallery introduces you to Idaho’s five federally recognized tribes. The tribal theater illuminates each tribe’s Origin Story, while the rest of the gallery identifies tribal roles in contemporary land stewardship and provides an introduction to the diverse landscapes throughout Idaho.
Throughout history, Idaho’s land and people have shaped each other. Explore stories from Idaho’s three geographic regions and discover rich resources that influenced the Gem State’s development.
Learn the rich history of mining, forestry, and transportation and how some of Idaho’s natural resources are used around the world today. Watch a spark turn into the blaze that became the Big Burn of 1910, and how this historic fire continues to influence forest management today.
Central Idaho’s mountains are a recreational paradise.
Experience what it’s like to ride a chairlift up Mt. Baldy, or sit around a campfire where you’ll learn about the first group to urge protections for our wilderness areas.
The History Explorer Galleries encourage exploration into the process of doing history, connecting your story to the inspiring stories of Idahoans, and placing yourself in variety of professions.
Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on experiences based on early professions and trades in Idaho. You’ll also want to visit Deja Moo, the famous two-headed calf in the Penny Arcade!
Have fun learning how to do history through activities you may encounter in your own life, such as organizing family photos or building a new home using historic architectural styles.
Connect with the personal stories of Idahoans spanning our state’s history. Take a personality quiz to discover connections you may have with Idahoans you learn about.
Changing Exhibit Gallery
2018-2019 A Brilliant Affair
Americans celebrate the peaceful transfer of power at inaugural ceremonies. Formal wear from events in Idaho and beyond tell the story of these celebrations over time. See the change in formal fashion from the early 1900s to today!
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2018-2019 Idaho Through an Artist’s Eye
Artwork from the Idaho State Museum’s collection takes you on a tour of our state’s natural beauty and history. From early depictions of natural wonders like Shoshone Falls to the built environment of small towns throughout our state, experience Idaho as an artist’s muse.
The M Store offers a range of products inspired by the exhibitions. Browse a selection of jewelry, gift items, stationery, and apparel. Take home a part of Idaho and your Museum experience.