Temporary Exhibits

Temporary Exhibits at the Idaho State Archives

The temporary exhibition space is located in the Merle W. Wells Research Center at the Idaho State Archives. The exhibits in this space are curated and assembled by Archives staff to showcase the unique materials within our collections and educate visitors on various topics. The exhibit is rotated approximately three times a year, with each display in place for about three months. To encourage further research on the selected topics, Archives staff also assemble a collection of related readings available in the research center. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm.

Featured Exhibit:

Serving the Gem State: 140 Years of Collecting Idaho History

This exhibit chronicles our leaders, volunteers, and staffs’ efforts to bring Idaho history to our members and guests over our 140-year history.  In 1881, prominent Idahoans created a pioneer historical society to capture and preserve Idaho territorial history. In 1907, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho State Historical Society as a state agency. Today, we are an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, and the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program.   This exhibit is based on collections held by the Idaho State Archives and admission to the exhibit is free to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. A digital exhibit featuring content from Serving the Gem State: 140 Years of Collecting Idaho History can be viewed here.