Idaho State Historical Museum

Location: 610 North Julia Davis Drive, Boise
Phone: (208) 334-2120
Founded in 1907, the Idaho State Historical Museum is Idaho’s largest and most frequently visited museum. Recounting the state’s rich heritage of progress from prehistoric times to early white settlement, the museum is filled with a variety of interesting exhibits. Visitors will find displays about Native American, Chinese, and Basque cultures, the fur-trading and mining eras, and pioneer settlers. Just outside the museum, a Pioneer Village preserves several of the earliest buildings constructed in Boise with some dating back as far as the 1860s. The museum attracts an especially large crowd annually on the last Saturday of September when the “Museum Comes to Life” is held. Costumed interpreters bring to life such exhibits as an Old West saloon, a Chinese apothecary’s shop, and other historical crafts and activities relevant to Idaho’s legacy. The museum is open 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday from May through September. October through April, the museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for youth ages 6-18, and free for those under 6.

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