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Family Second Saturdays

Bring the Idaho State Museum to You!

We are creating engaging, multidisciplinary outreach programs for Idaho schools and community groups. 

Family Programs

Explore Idaho’s history together at the Idaho State Museum. Participate in interactive and engaging programs offered throughout the year. See the Family Programs page for current offerings.

Family Second Saturdays from the Idaho State Museum

Family Second Saturdays will take place on the second Saturday of each month. All ages welcome! Programming is free with Museum admission. Timed entry with limited numbers. To secure your spot for this program, purchase your tickets to the Museum in advance.

Interested in attending more than one Family Second Saturday? Consider becoming a Member at the Idaho State Historical Society and enjoy access to the Idaho State Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary all year long.


Have a blast with one of the Idaho State Museum’s Camps. Experience history like never before as you play, explore, and make new friends. See the below for current offerings.

Camps at the Idaho State Museum bring history to life through activities, games, and hands-on learning opportunities. Campers explore the Museum exhibits and beyond to learn about the people, places, and animals that make Idaho great! Camps are offered during fall, spring, and summer breaks for students in grades K-8.

Teen Programs

Become a GEM Volunteer and make a difference! Guide, Engage, and Mobilize (GEM) in this brand-new summer program open to High School students entering 9th-12th grades. You will help visitors to connect to the unique and fascinating history of Idaho.

GEM High School Internship Program at the Idaho State Museum

The Guide, Engage, Mobilize (GEM) High School Internship Program brings together passionate, curious, and innovative teens to make a difference in your community and get a behind the scenes look at the Idaho State Museum. You will network with professionals including archivists, curators, and designers as you advance important skills that will prepare you for college and career. Dive deeper into exciting topics and develop key skills through projects, programs, workshops, and volunteering. As a member of the Museum team, you will meet teens from across the Treasure Valley and work together to create exciting and educational experiences for visitors of all ages.

As a GEM High School Intern, you will:

  • Explore the Museum’s content through research about the stories of Idaho and the impacts of this history on the past, present, and future.
  • Work alongside Museum Professionals and hear from guest speakers who share the stories of Idaho
  • Develop a poster exhibit and design educational programming for visitors to the Museum.

Required Volunteer Shifts: Complete volunteer hours on the second Saturday of each month and select weekdays during spring break and summer break camps. Saturday shifts will also be used as time to complete projects.

What will I be doing?

  • Bi-weekly Meetings – Meet as a team with the other interns to hang out, eat, train, research, and work on projects.
  • Second Saturdays – Work on projects and spend time interacting with children and their families to complete hands-on activities together from 12pm-3pm on the Second Saturday of each month.
  • Spring Break and Summer Break Camps – Play and learn with the campers helping to monitor students during activities and lunch breaks.
  • Guest Speakers – Network with Museum Professionals, Historians, and Idahoans who have made history!
  • Exhibit Development – Curate, develop, and design a poster exhibition. 2022’s theme will be environmental topics in Idaho.
  • Event Coordination – Help plan the exhibit opening reception and a teen takeover event made by teens for teens.

How should I apply?

Fill out the teen programs interest form on the GEM page.

Please fill out our Teen Programs interest form to hear more about upcoming programs and events.

School Programs

See the Field Trips Page for more information about workshops and tours at each unique site.

Field Trip Information

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