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Idaho State Historical Museum

Visit the Idaho State Historical Museum

Idaho State Historical Museum

Photo Credit: Clay Almquist

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.

Experience Idaho's rich history through a visit to the Idaho State Historical Museum.  Discover our state's remarkable people, places, and events. Travel the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail to find the explorer’s secret cache, climb aboard and compare a variety of historic saddles, admire the artistry of Native American basketry, and imagine taking a drink at a frontier saloon.

Founded in 1907, the Idaho Historical Museum has a comprehensive collection of over 250,000 objects.  Events, special traveling exhibitions, and programs provide unique learning opportunities for families, school groups, and other visitors.  The Idaho State Historical Museum receives support and resources from the Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Exciting changes are coming for Museum! Get ready to enjoy a whole new experience as the Idaho Historical Museum expands to provide more exhibits, more artifacts on display, and more activities for school groups and families. The Museum closed for an extensive three year renovation and expansion on August 4, 2014. 

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Did you know that you could host your event at the Idaho State Historical Museum?  The museum is a great place to rent for meetings, parties, and social gatherings. 

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