Membership FAQ


How can I purchase or renew a membership?

There are several convenient ways to purchase or renew a membership;

  1. At the front desk of the Museum of Idaho.
  2. You can join online now.
  3. You will receive a renewal form by mail or email notice one month before your membership expires. You can renew by mail by check or credit card. If you have not received a notice from us, please call and let us know!
  4. By calling (208) 522-1400 ext. 3004

Can I purchase membership as a gift for someone else?

Yes, at the front desk of the Museum of Idaho, by phone or online.

How long is my membership good for?

Memberships are active for one year from the date of purchase. (Example: if you purchase your membership on August 5, 2015 it will expire on August 31, 2016.)

How many days does it take to process my membership?

Memberships usually take about a week or two to process.

I/We are visiting the museum today. Should we join/renew online first?

No, please join or renew at the admission desk.

How does the Guest Pass work?

  • The guest pass can be gifted to anyone to use ONE TIME at any time until the guest pass expires (the expiration date is on the pass).
  • The guest pass allows the holder to visit the Museum of Idaho one time without the presence of the member.
  • Each guest pass allows admission for one person one time.
  • The number of guest passes received is determined by the category of membership selected by the member.
  • Expired guest passes are not valid for admission.

Can a friend or family member use my membership card?

No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person (or persons) whose name(s) appears on the card. As a nonprofit organization that relies on membership and attendance for support, we appreciate your attention to this detail of your membership benefits.

Is my membership gift tax-deductible? 

A portion of your membership pays for benefits and may not be tax-deductible. Please check with your financial advisor.

I’ve lost my guest passes, can I get them replaced?

No. If guest passes are lost or stolen we are unable to replace them. Keep them safe – each guest pass has an admission value of $10.00.

Do you reciprocate with other museums or zoos?

Unfortunately we do not provide reciprocal benefits for other institutions at this time.

I’ve lost my membership card. How do I get into the museum?

Please call (208) 522-1400 ext. 3004 or email to request a replacement card.

What types of payment do you accept for memberships?

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Can I apply my admission ticket(s) to the cost of a membership?

Yes, but only during the time of your museum visit. Please check with the front desk clerk.

How often are your newsletters published?

The Museum of Idaho newsletters are published three times per year.