Museums inspire. They have the power to change us. They are a treasure for present and future generations. Boise’s museums have many hidden treasures to discover about the area’s rich history. They invite us to gather knowledge and experiences rather than material things.
Boise Art Museum
For the past 70 years, this family-friendly museum has enchanted visitors with dynamic, thought-provoking collections and major traveling exhibitions. It features an airy sculpture garden and multiple galleries.
Basque Museum & Cultural Center
Located on the historic Basque block in downtown Boise, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides education and preserves the culture of the Basque community in Idaho and throughout the American West.
Idaho Black History Museum
The Idaho Black History Museum is housed in the former St. Paul Baptist Church Building and features programs and exhibits that provide community education and outreach. Hours are limited and vary, so be sure to call or visit the website to confirm hours of public operation.Learn More
Idaho State Museum
The museum’s interactive exhibits about the history of Idaho are designed for all ages. Find out how Idaho’s diverse landscape shapes the lives of Idahoans.Learn More
Old Idaho Penitentiary
Over 13,000 prisoners did their time here between 1870 and 1973. It’s one of only three territorial prison museums available to tour in the United States. Visit the solitary confinement, cell blocks and gallows. The Old Idaho Penitentiary has 30 historic buildings and special exhibits and weaponry. Come learn about wild escapes, menacing inmates and bold executions. Guided tours are available, but you might want to call ahead. The penitentiary is right next to the botanical gardens.Learn More
Warhawk Air Museum
In Nampa, just a short drive from downtown Boise, the Warhawk Air Museum has an amazing collection about the history of military aviation. There are permanent aircraft and much of the memorabilia has been donated from local veterans from the Iraq War, Persian Gulf War, Vietnam War, Korean War and Cold War.Learn More
This interactive science museum has more than 40 hands-on exhibits and displays, with a rotating schedule of traveling exhibits throughout the year. Come learn why soap bubbles have iridescent colors, how machines and devices work and much more.
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Children’s Museum of Idaho
This is where children come to learn through play and exploration. Your kids will love the interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and sensory stimulation. Everything inside is designed to inspire young minds.
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