Boise Museums & History
Don't spend your time just exploring Boise, take a closer look at the city's history. Use our list as a guide to the museums and historical sites that will teach you the most about Boise. Through art, artifacts, hands-on exhibits and attractions, you'll learn everything there is to know about this unique city and its history.
Mine rocks, minerals and fossils at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
, located next to the Old Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho's Historical District. Unearth 4.6 billion years of earth stories at the Mysterious Deep Time Room Exhibit. Pocket rocks from the Geo Store souvenir gift shop and check out events like the Rock Party.
Address: 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712 - MAP
Phone: (208) 368-9876
Immerse yourself in art at the Boise Art Museum
, the epicenter of the capital city's art world. Hidden inside Julia Davis Park, art connoisseurs appreciate permanent installations showcasing 3,000 works of 20th Century American art. The museum also features traveling exhibits like the Comics at the Crossroads, which highlights 40 comic book artists whose comic book designs are emerging as icons of modern art.
Address: 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, ID 83702 - MAP
Phone: (208) 345-8330
Marin Luther King, Mother Theresa and Ann Frank all have powerful portrait paintings on display at the Idaho Black History Museum
. Discover traveling exhibits that focus on building bridges between cultures of all American ethnicities, with a special interest in telling the stories of African-Americans in Idaho.
Address: 508 East Julia Davis Drive, Boise, ID 83702 - MAP
Phone: (208) 433-0017
The "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit at the Basque Museum
chronicles the deep Basque heritage of the Spanish immigrants who migrated to Idaho to call Boise home. Explore exhibits, collections and tours that mark the lives of people renowned for their hard work and perseverance.
Address: 611 Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702 - MAP
Phone: (208) 343-2671
Stop and smell the roses at the Idaho Botanical Garden
. See nature in full bloom from a Peony Garden to a seasonal Vegetable Garden, mingled with winding paths that travel across serene water exhibitions swimming with gold fish and dotted with floating water lilies. Spend your day meandering through a living museum.
Address: 2355 North Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712 - MAP
Phone: (208) 343-8649
Discover a science museum at the Discovery Center of Idaho
. Get involved in hands-on science exhibits that will have you "Gyrating", spinning and orbiting around and around to learn how these spinning forces create scientific innovations like those used in interactive video games. Check out the Robotic Group to see if it's a hobby for you!
Address: 131 Myrtle Street, Boise, ID 83702 - MAP
Phone: (208) 343 9895