The Way Out West:

Let’s tell East Idaho’s story right … and right now

Too often, we Idahoans have allowed others to write our story. Your donation to our new flagship exhibit, The Way Out West, will help us tell the world’s biggest and most balanced story about our region, convey a diversity of voices, and offer a range of exciting and enlightening experiences for learners of all ages and all types.

Every gift makes a difference

Admissions, grants, and other earned revenue cover only a fraction of what we do as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your donations and sponsorships make up the balance. Here’s what to know right away:

  • You have options: help build The Way Out West, contribute to the MOI Sustainability Fund, or pick another cause.
  • It might be cheaper than you think, thanks to generous Idaho Education Tax Credits and the CARES Act, which allows those taking the standard deduction to also deduct up to $300 in charitable cash donations in 2020.
  • Major gifts and sponsorships can come with naming opportunities and leverage community support through matching.
  • Planned giving options are available, such as bequests, charitable trusts, gifts of other assets, tax-saving deductions from your IRA, and more.

You may give right now using the form below, or discuss options with Director of Development Nick Gailey (208-522-1400 ext. 3013 or e-mail).

Note: If you are interested in donating an item or artifact, please see the policies and procedures on our research & collections page.

e.g. Idaho Community Foundation, Fidelity, Schwab, or Vanguard

Idaho Gives success

Thanks to all who contributed during Idaho Gives 2020. The museum received $5,520 in donations, far exceeding our goal of $3,000. We are humbled by your support.


Find your brick

Around 500 of you supported the expansion and The Way Out West exhibit by permanently tying your names and messages to the museum. Locate your personalized brick using the diagram and photos below (click to enlarge), then come check it out in person.