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Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village is currently closed while the Museum is undergoing renovation and expansion

Enjoy history in the great outdoors with a stroll through the newly renovated and landscaped Pioneer Village next to the museum. Three of the buildings are from Idaho's territorial days and served as homes for prominent local citizens. Learn about centuries-old building techniques, relax a moment in the Lewis and Clark Pavilion, and explore hands-on activities in the lushly landscaped Discovery Trail.

Pioneer Village was founded in 1933, when the Sons and Daughters of the Idaho Pioneers moved two 1860s era log cabins to Julia Davis Park.  With the help of the Idaho Statesman newspaper, they restored the cabins; later more buildings were added. Over time, this area became neglected and vandalized, so the Idaho Historical Auxiliary (now the Friends of the Historical Museum), accepted responsibility for the cabins' preservation. In the early 1970s, the buildings were moved next to the museum along with the Mayor Thomas Logan House.  One other local historic home, the Adelmann House, was also relocated to Pioneer Village.  In 2003, the Pearce Cabin, one of the original two, was so badly deteriorated it was removed.  The Lewis and Clark Discovery Pavilion was constructed in 2004 and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail was added in 2010. 

Lewis and Clark Pavilion

Take a quiet break in the timber frame pavilion and marvel at its massive beams, all held together without a single nail!  Enjoy the landscaped surroundings and learn about members of the Corps of Discovery as you view life-size interpretive banners.

History of Boise Exhibit – Logan House

Early fur trappers described this area as a wooded valley and the name “Boise” comes from the French word for woods.  Famous attorney Clarence Darrow, here for a trial in the early 1900s, called it “the Athens of the sage-brush.” Recently voted one of the nation’s most livable cities, Boise saw thousands of Oregon Trail emigrants pass through the area with little thought of settling here. Discover what drew a handful of people in the 1860s to lay the foundation of the thriving, vibrant community of today. View a 3-dimensional image of Main Street, ring a trolley bell, and compare images of Boise locations then and now. "Boise: A History of Our Capital City" is located in the 1865 Logan House in Pioneer Village.

Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail

Step into the shoes of early explorers when you travel the Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail at the east end of Pioneer Village.  Hands-on activities bring to life theLewis and Clark Trail science of the 1804-1806 Voyage of Discovery.  All along the trail groupings of plants, animal tracks, and rock formations draw visitors through a combination of information panels, hands-on activities and sculptural elements.  A navigation activity challenges you to use the directions of the compass to locate the explorer’s secret cache and win a prize.

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