Our mammoth expansion

Your stories how they deserve to be told. Your new, nearly twice-as-big MOI will bring the world to Idaho, and Idaho to the world like never before.

Numerous organizations and individuals have contributed to this effort. We would particularly like to thank the following major donors: Maeck Family Foundation, Petty family, Carr Foundation, and the following:

Phase 1 (COMPLETED): More than 20,000 square feet of new space, including:

  • A larger two-story atrium for international traveling exhibits
  • An improved Maeck Family Foundation Education Center inside the main building
  • Customizable exhibit and event space to keep things fresh
  • More available parking (95 spaces total)
  • Opened to the public: September 28, 2019

Phase 2: Interior modifications to current space, including:

  • More than double the space for Idaho/regional exhibits
  • An improved accessions, conservation, and research workspace
  • The ability to remain open during exhibit transitions
  • Improved flow
  • Opening to the public: January 23, 2021