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Idaho State Historical Society seeks your input for new State Historical Museum

The Idaho State Historical Society is expanding the Idaho State Historical Museum and developing world-class exhibits to inspire and invite exploration and discussion of Idaho's past, present and future. Authorized by the Idaho Legislature in 1939, the original museum was completed in 1950 and is one of several facilities overseen by the Idaho State Historical Society. The museum was the first in Idaho and one of the first in the West to be accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1972. The new Idaho State Historical Museum (to open in 2017) will feature enhanced opportunities for Idaho students, families and visitors. It will connect us with our statewide community while presenting an unparalleled exhibition experience. The museum expansion and renovation is critical now more than ever because ...

    •    History touches us all.

    •    History helps us understand where we are today and empowers us to make choices for the future.

    •    Lessons from the past create an informed citizenry and deepen our connection to our communities.

    •    History compels us to think critically beyond our assumptions and emboldens our pursuit of a connected life.

    •    History promotes economic opportunity through tourism.


We need statewide input now to include your thoughts and opinions as we develop our museum.  We want to hear from you now and your opinions will help make our new museum something that brings great pride to Idaho.  Please take our survey at  Please complete the survey by August 29!


Established in 1881 and a state agency since 1907, the Idaho State Historical Society stewards the state’s history and historical assets of over 250,000 objects, 130,000 feet of government records, 30,000 rolls of microfilm, 500,000 photographs, 5,000 films and videos, 3,100 oral histories, 32,000 maps, 25,000 books and periodicals, 100,000 prehistoric specimens,  and 74 historic structures.  Today, the Idaho State Historical Society is comprised of the Idaho State Historical Museum, Idaho State Archives and State Records Center, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites Program.  The Idaho State Historical Society offers services that are essential to the state on all levels, providing information and understanding to everyone from schoolchildren to members of the upper echelon of state government.



Janet L. Gallimore

Executive Director

State Historic Preservation Officer


Idaho State Historical Society

2205 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, Idaho  83712

(208) 334-4655