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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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. 

We have a volunteer orientation at the beginning of each season (early Spring). Check the museum calendar for any scheduled volunteer orientation.

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


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, and outreach events. 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