2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

Current Hours

Saturdays 12-5pm. Sundays are for special events, and by pre-registration only. View EVENTS for details.

Free Admission!

Tours and other programs available.

Chinese Mining History and Heritage in Idaho: A Celebration

The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology (IMMG), 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise invites you to join us to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit that shares the history of Chinese Mining and Heritage in Idaho. The event takes place both inside and outside between noon-4pm at the museum. There will be special guest appearances, museum tours, exhibit details and light refreshments. The event is free but we’d appreciate you registering so we have an idea of the attendance. Thank you.

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Museum Tour and Discussion

Guests will take part in a 45-minute museum tour followed by individual discovery.

Participants are limited to 12 for this up-close and personal tour of our beautiful and small museum. You will see Idaho rocks and minerals, a touch-screen map of Idaho Mining Districts, an authentic mining camp, a Buzz Saw shark exhibit, Meteorite collection, wall graphics explaining Lake Idaho/Lake Bonneville, Blacklight display, as well as information on the Yellowstone hotspot. Plus, the museum has a seismograph that constantly records earthquakes from around the world!

You’ll have an opportunity to shop in our extraordinary Gift Shop with prices starting at 50 cents. We have books, rocks, minerals, rock picks, gold pans, jewelry and items for children, and more.

Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org if you have questions.

Pre-registration is required.  Click here for tickets

Museum Tour and Discussion

Guests will take part in a 45-minute museum tour followed by individual discovery.

Participants are limited to 12 for this up-close and personal tour of our beautiful and small museum. You will see Idaho rocks and minerals, a touch-screen map of Idaho Mining Districts, an authentic mining camp, a Buzz Saw shark exhibit, Meteorite collection, wall graphics explaining Lake Idaho/Lake Bonneville, Blacklight display, as well as information on the Yellowstone hotspot. Plus, the museum has a seismograph that constantly records earthquakes from around the world!

You’ll have an opportunity to shop in our extraordinary Gift Shop with prices starting at 50 cents. We have books, rocks, minerals, rock picks, gold pans, jewelry and items for children, and more.

Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org if you have questions.

Masks are required.

Pre-registration is required.  Click here for tickets

Museum Tour and Discussion

Guests will take part in a 45-minute museum tour followed by individual discovery.

Participants are limited to 12 for this up-close and personal tour of our beautiful and small museum. You will see Idaho rocks and minerals, a touch-screen map of Idaho Mining Districts, an authentic mining camp, a Buzz Saw shark exhibit, Meteorite collection, wall graphics explaining Lake Idaho/Lake Bonneville, Blacklight display, as well as information on the Yellowstone hotspot. Plus, the museum has a seismograph that constantly records earthquakes from around the world!

You’ll have an opportunity to shop in our extraordinary Gift Shop with prices starting at 50 cents. We have books, rocks, minerals, rock picks, gold pans, jewelry and items for children, and more.

Please contact operations@idahomuseum.org if you have questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Pre-registration is required.  Click here for tickets

 

 

Online Lecture: Uncovering the Legacy of Idaho’s Chinese Pioneers

In the late nineteenth century, mining booms in Southern Idaho’s Boise Basin drew migrants from across the globe to what would briefly become the largest population center in the Pacific Northwest. In communities like Idaho City, Placerville, and Old Boston, nearly half of this population had been born in China. Today the Boise Basin is best known for its outdoor recreation activities, historic graveyards, and not-quite ghost towns, but it also contains a rich archaeological record of Chinese mining sites. This presentation will summarize research being conducted by the Boise National Forest and the University of Idaho to uncover the stories connected to these archaeological sites, the Chinese pioneers who once inhabited them, and the mining networks operating in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Boise Basin.

This will be a Zoom on-line lecture by Renae Campbell, University of Idaho

Pre-registration required: Online Lecture: Uncovering the Legacy of Idaho’s Chinese Pioneers