IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Idaho State Historical Society is currently open to the public. Click here for more information.
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Idaho State Museum

The Idaho State Museum provides a fun, interactive experience where people of all ages and backgrounds come to explore the story of Idaho. Furthermore, the Museum looks at how Idaho’s unique landscapes have shaped, and continue to shape, our experience. The Museum shows the profound relationship between Idaho’s people and its land have always defined what it means to live here. Through exhibitions, artifacts, and educational programming, the Museum helps Idahoans and visitors understand our story. 

The Idaho State Historical Society has updated its COVID-19 protocols under Stage 4 following Governor Little’s announcement on May 11, 2021. The Idaho State Museum will strictly adhere to the Governor’s “Idaho Rebounds” plan in addition to following social distancing and sanitization guidelines as outlined by the CDC and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Staff and visitor safety remain the highest priority. 

Based on updated guidance from the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask in our facilities. We ask visitors to follow current CDC guidance related to masking and physical distancing.

Please note:

  • Some exhibits may be closed for the health and safety of staff and visitors.
  • Walk-ups will be accommodated; Pre-purchasing admission online before arrival is strongly encouraged.
  • We highly encourage visitors to practice social distancing when exploring the Museum.

These updates are contingent upon the Governor’s “Idaho Rebounds” stages of reopening plan and guidance from the local health districts.  

  • Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by a chaperone 16 years of age or older.
  • Due to the amount of time needed to experience the museum, last admission is at 4:15 pm


Monday-Saturday | 10 am-5 pm
Sunday | 12 pm-5 pm

Holiday Hours

Open 12 pm-5 pm
Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King  Jr. Day, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, and Easter


Fourth of July, Thanksgiving,  Christmas, and New Year’s Day


610 Julia Davis Dr.
Boise, ID 83702

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Museum Exhibits

The Idaho State Museum features over 80,000 square feet of exhibit space with over 500 artifacts combined with immersive, innovative technology to tell the story of Idaho and the profound relationship between its land and its people.

Online Textile Exhibit

"Defining Style: Western Heritage Through Fashion" is a curated selection of clothing and accessories reveals how culture, individual values, technology, and function combine to create fashions that help to visually define our lives. Using multiple levels of detailed photography and 3D modeling, this catalog makes viewing delicate textiles possible in ways not usually accessible to the public.

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