Make a tax-deductible gift 
to the Museum of Idaho

Only about one-third of the Museum of Idaho’s operating costs are covered by admissions and store sales. Therefore, the museum is largely dependent on financial donations, sponsorships, grants, and in-kind support from generous individuals and organizations.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Museum of Idaho can bring history to life and make possible a unique world of learning and discovery that impacts, inspires, and educates Idahoans and visitors alike.

Please contact Director of Development Nick Gailey with questions (208-522-1400 ext. 3013,

Looking to give back and have fun doing it?

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Volunteering at the Museum of Idaho

Volunteering at the Museum of Idaho

There are so many ways to share your time and energy at the museum. We have a vibrant community of volunteers who contribute to the museum's mission in a variety of ways, from engaging with guests to helping care for archival documents and artifacts.  If you can see yourself as part of our community, we have fulfilling work and a flexible schedule for you.
For more information, please contact Susan Van Orden at (208) 522-1400 ext. 3009. To apply, print and fill out the online application and return it to the MOI front desk. Applications are also available at the museum.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Gallery Attendant: volunteers who guide visitors through exhibits and help them engage with what they see. These volunteers are assigned areas of the museum to supervise visitors and serve as an arm of our exhibits department.
  • Docent: volunteers who interact with visitors using hands-on, interactive materials. These volunteers have stations or carts and serve as an arm of our education department. Training sessions are required for each new exhibit.
  • Safety and Security: volunteers who travel throughout the museum to secure the building and care for the safety of both visitors and artifacts. These volunteers must be able to walk stairs during their shift.
  • Tour Guide Docent: volunteers who lead scheduled tours for groups of visitors and may also serve as docents. Tour guide training and docent training are required.
  • Store Volunteer: volunteers who assist with ticket and store sales. These volunteers answer the museum's main phone line and help out with occasional odd jobs in museum store. Store Volunteers must have a basic understanding of the museum and its exhibits. These volunteers act as the face of the museum when our guests arrive, and must be able to stand for long periods of time and have strong communication skills.
  • Education: volunteers who help develop learning programs for ages 2 and up, provids support during children’s programs, staff the Children’s Discovery Room, write curriculum and prepares materials for school groups, and occupy the office while the Education staff is away.
  • Curatorial: volunteers who care for and preserve the past. These volunteers work with the curator to identify and catalog objects in our archives or collections and update our inventory database. These volunteers are required to attend handling workshops to learn proper care of artifacts and specimens and how to inventory the museum's collections and archives.
  • Distribution: volunteers who deliver marketing material to schools and businesses throughout the region using personal vehicles (reimbursement for gas provided). These volunteers track and return reports, build relationships with the public, and maintain a positive attitude while promoting the current exhibits and making connections.
  • Community Involvement: volunteers who promote the museum and its programs at community events, and assist with booth setup, take-down, and management of these events. These volunteers need a positive attitude and an ability to foster goodwill for the museum with the public.
  • Exhibition: volunteers who help load material in and out of the museum during exhibit transition periods. These volunteers must understand basic construction tools and be able to lift heavy objects and be on their feet for long periods of time.


  • Be 18 or older
  • Complete an application and interview
  • Commit to 3-4 hours per week, or a different schedule as arranged with the department supervisor
  • Agree to pass a background check (No prior felony convictions)
  • Attend training sessions prior to each new exhibit and as required by position
  • Attend a customer service session prior to each exhibit


  • Free admission to the museum
  • Ability to earn extra admission tickets for family and friends
  • 10% off all merchandise in the museum store
  • An invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation party
  • Letters of recommendation upon request
  • New circle of friends in a vibrant volunteer community
  • Educational opportunities
  • Internship opportunities