2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

Current Hours

Spring re-opening March 8th. We will be open 12-5 on Fridays and Saturdays. See idahomuseum.org/events for what might be coming up.

Free Admission!

Tours and other programs available.

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ASTEROIDS, Seriously, Dude, Why Do We Care?

Join Patrick Cavanaugh for a lecture celebrating International Asteroid Day. 1pm at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd. Mr. Cavanaugh will discuss the characteristics of asteroids, how they differ from comets, where did they come from and more. He will share photos and two samples of meteorites: Chelyabinsk and Almahata Sitta, […]

Eagle Rock Geology Hike

Join IMMG, Eliza Schulz, on a .5 mile geology hike to Eagle Rock and  learn about the earth below your feet. Eliza Schulz will meet hikers at 7:45am in the Old Pen dirt parking lot near the Ridge to Rivers trail sign. The trailhead is about 30 steps from the Idaho Museum of Mining and […]

Lecture: An Overview of Idaho Mining History

Lecture: An Overview of Idaho Mining History Join Troy Lambert as he presents an hour photo-tour and overview of Idaho mining history. He will discuss bogus claims to billions made from mineral extraction. 1pm, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd, General-$5 plus Eventbrite fee, IMMG members and kids are free, Pre-registration […]

Museum Tour and Discussion

Museum Tour and Discussion IMMG Board President Steve Cox will lead participants on a 45-minute museum tour at 1pm followed by time for individual discovery. Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd. General-$5 plus Eventbrite fee, IMMG members and children are free. Pre-registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-tour-and-discussion-tickets-658041298237. Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org with questions. 

Mineral Identification

Coyote Short PG can identify rocks, minerals and Native American artifacts. Bring in your specimens and she will help you identify them. 1pm, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd, $5-General, Free for IMMG members and kids, Pre-registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mineral-identification-tickets-671675759277.  If questions, please contact operations@idahomuseum.org.

Birds ARE Dinosaurs

Over the last three decades an overwhelming scientific consensus has emerged: Birds ARE dinosaurs. Join Professor Luna, BSU, to learn more. 1pm at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd. General-$5 plus Eventbrite fee, IMMG members and youth are free. Pre-registration is required at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birds-are-dinosaurs-tickets-652355782707.  Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org with questions. 

Museum Tour and Discussion

IMMG Board President Steve Cox will lead participants on a 45-minute museum tour at 1pm followed by time for individual discovery. Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd. General-$5 plus Eventbrite fee, IMMG members and children are free. Pre-registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-tour-and-discussion-tickets-671677965877.  Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org with questions. 

Mineral Identification

Coyote Short PG can identify rocks, minerals and Native American artifacts. Bring in your specimens and she will help you identify them. 1pm, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd, $5-General, Free for IMMG members and kids, Pre-registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mineral-identification-tickets-687506990917. If questions, please contact operations@idahomuseum.org.

Dig Into Geodes

Join us at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise 83712, for a fun time of geode-cracking, a short and easy geo-hike on the nearby hillside, and a walk-about with guides in the museum. Please arrive at geode-cracking at your assigned time. Geode-cracking takes place outside under shade canopies on […]

Native American Geology: A Celebration

The Museum's new exhibit, Mineral Technology of Native Peoples will be dedicated on September 24 from 1pm. The event includes words by Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Chairman Lee-Juan Tyler and by Paiute American, Coyote Short. Also: Activity stations and food. Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd, FREE Admission, Pre-registration is encouraged but not required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-american-geology-a-celebration-tickets-669962755637 Contact operations@idahomuseum.org if questions.