Our mammoth expansion

Haven't been here in a while? We've been busy expanding your museum and are now bringing the world to Idaho, and Idaho to the world like never before.

Numerous organizations and individuals 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 2019

Phase 2 (COMPLETED): Improvements to the historic 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
  • Opened to the public: January 2021