2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

Current Hours

Currently closed for the winter. Re-opening is scheduled for May 2nd.

Free Admission!

Tours and other programs available.

Volunteer Opportunities

2020 Volunteer Orientation on ​Saturday March 7 at 1 pm

If you love Idaho’s mining and geologic history, you’ll enjoy being part of our volunteer program. The museum is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who love rocks and Idaho history. Operated primarily by volunteers, the museum provides numerous opportunities for adults and children, including school tours, scout tours and badge work, field trips, workshops, lectures, special events, outreach activities and MORE. The museum is free to the public and open Wednesday through-Sunday, noon-5pm, beginning March 21 through fall. 

Please contact Annemarie 208-866-6386 or Shirley 208-283-3186 or email volunteer@idahomuseum.org.


Depending on your time and interests  you can support the museum mission in one of three volunteer categories.

Visitor Services

Volunteers staff the museum during regular business hours. Duties include greeting visitors, handling gift shop  sales, acting as a docent, and helping during special events. A typical commitment is one  or two 2 1/2 hour shifts each month. All training is provided and no special knowledge is required.

Education Program

Volunteers participate as leads or assistants in educational programs and events such as  school tours, scout program, outreach events, and the Rock Party. No experience is required and training is provided.

Support Team

Volunteers provide skills and support on projects such as:

  • Repairs
  • Woodworking
  • Painting
  • Grant Writing
  • Communications