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.

Radioactive Minerals

Natural Radioactivity and Radon Hazards from Geologic Deposits and Fossils of Southern Idaho

Learn about naturally occurring radioactivity from geologic sources and fossils that occurs in the Hagerman, Idaho area. The presentation will cover topics of:

– Introduction to Ionizing Radiation

– Naturally Occurring Geologic Nuclear Reactor Deposits

– Results of Fossils and Geologic Deposits from Hagerman Area.

– Hazards of Handling and Storing Radioactive Fossils

– Idaho’s Historical Connection with the “Plow Share” project.

About the Lecturer:

Neal Farmer, has an amazing background working with radioactive fossils at the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in southern Idaho. He worked there for 11 years and now works for the Idaho Dept. of Water Resources in Boise researching the geologic controls for springs from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer in the Thousand Springs area.

Pre-registration required: Click here for tickets

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.

Click here to register

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

Lecture: How Geology Influenced Settlement of the West

Enjoy Dr. Maley’s lecture on-site or at home via video-replay.

This lecture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 1872 Mining Law. Please read the information on the links for more detail.

The 2-hour presentation will take place on-site at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise. It will begin with a brief history of prospecting and the mining law with emphasis on how the law was applied by prospectors in the field. Geologic evidence at early prospecting sites reveals how well the prospectors and miners understood the local geology. The lecture will be recorded for those who wish to view from their home. Register for the on-site lecture or the video-replay, whichever you prefer.

Pre-registration is required.

Click here for tickets to the on-site lecture

Click here for tickets to access the recorded lecture

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

 

 

Remembering the Sunshine Mine Disaster 1972-2022

Troy Lambert tells the story of the 1972 Sunshine Mine disaster with photos and personal stories.

In 1972, fifty years ago, a fire broke out underground at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho. 91 men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Two men survived after having been entombed more than a mile deep for 8 days. The lecture is about the disaster and circumstances of the fire as well as the effect it had on the town and the entire Silver Valley.

Lecturer: Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, historian and editor who worked as the Museum Operations Specialist for the Wallace District Mining Museum for five years. He still occasionally works as a consultant for museums and non-profits, and loves the rich history of the state we live in. Troy is on the Advisory Council at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

“The Deep Dark” by Gregg Olsen will be on sale in the museum Gift Shop for folks who wish more detail on the disaster.

Masks are required, as is pre-registration.  Click here for tickets.  Come a half hour early and browse the museum and exhibits or stay after for the same. Free.

***We are seeking contact info for survivors Tom Wilkerson and Ron Flory and their families, and others with direct experience with the Sunshine Mine around 1972.

Please contact operation@idahomuseum.org if you have information or questions. Or call 208-283-3186 and leave a number for a return call.

Remembering the Sunshine Mine Disaster 1972-2022

(The Sunday sessions filled up so the museum is offering the same lecture on Saturday.)

Troy Lambert tells the story of the 1972 Sunshine Mine disaster with photos and personal stories.

In 1972, fifty years ago, a fire broke out underground at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho. 91 men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Two men survived after having been entombed more than a mile deep for 8 days. The lecture is about the disaster and circumstances of the fire as well as the effect it had on the town and the entire Silver Valley.

Lecturer: Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, historian and editor who worked as the Museum Operations Specialist for the Wallace District Mining Museum for five years. He still occasionally works as a consultant for museums and non-profits, and loves the rich history of the state we live in. Troy is on the Advisory Council at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

“The Deep Dark” by Gregg Olsen will be on sale in the museum Gift Shop for folks who wish more detail on the disaster.

Masks are required, as is pre-registration.  Click here for tickets.  Come a half hour early and browse the museum and exhibits or stay after for the same. Free.

***We are seeking contact info for survivors Tom Wilkerson and Ron Flory and their families, and others with direct experience with the Sunshine Mine around 1972.

Please contact operation@idahomuseum.org if you have information or questions. Or call 208-283-3186 and leave a number for a return call.

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