Bringing the world to Idaho, and Idaho to the world.

Mission:

The Museum of Idaho engages, educates, and enlightens through exhibits, collections, and informal educational opportunities in the humanities and sciences.

We value:

CONNECTION • EXPLORATION • INCLUSION • PROFESSIONALISM • SUSTAINABILITY

The Museum of Idaho is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit.

2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Financial and statistical reports, plus stories on the expansion, exhibits, people, and places that make the Museum of Idaho what it is.

History

The Village Improvement Society – a club founded by Idaho Falls women in 1898 to beautify and bring culture to their wild, dusty frontier town – secured a $15,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation to build a public library at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Elm Street. The Idaho Falls Public Library, erected between 1914 and 1916, served the town in that location until 1977, before outgrowing the building and moving a few blocks away. Meanwhile, the Bonneville County Historical Society (BCHS), which had their eye on the building, opened a small museum in the basement of the Bonneville County Courthouse in 1979. The BCHS lobbied to save the library building, getting it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and raising funds for its renovation. The Bonneville Museum moved in in 1985. Volunteers ran each element, including creating the original Idaho history exhibits, some of which still remain on display.

Starting in 1992, the BCHS acquired land adjacent to the Museum through purchase and donation, and construction began in 2001 on an expansion that enhanced the Museum’s scope and tripled its size. When it reopened in 2003 as the Museum of Idaho, it became the largest museum in the state.

Since then, the Museum has served more than a million patrons. It has continued to grow its collections and programming, and has hosted an array of high-profile traveling exhibits. For example, in 2011, MOI made Idaho Falls among the smallest cities in the world to host the worldwide sensation, Bodies: The Exhibition. MOI was also one of only four official NASA viewing sites for the total solar eclipse of August 2017.

In 2019, MOI will nearly double in size yet again. Following a ceremonial groundbreaking in November 2017, construction on another major expansion is scheduled to begin in Spring 2018, allowing MOI to bring the world to Idaho, and Idaho to the world, better than ever. See the floor plans, renderings, and details on our expansion page.

CONTACT MOI:

Staff

Executive Director Karen Baker director@museumofidaho.org
Curator Carrie Anderson Athay curator@museumofidaho.org
Director of Development Nick Gailey development@museumofidaho.org
Director of Education Chloe Doucette education@museumofidaho.org
Director of Exhibitions Rod Hansen exhibits@museumofidaho.org
Director of Grants Kimberly A. Lee grants@museumofidaho.org
Director of Marketing Deborah M. Chessey marketing@museumofidaho.org
Director of Public Relations Jeff Carr pr@museumofidaho.org
Business Administrator Adrien Davidson business@museumofidaho.org
Facilities Manager Greg Stoddard  facilities@museumofidaho.org
Marketing Design Coordinator Taylor Beckstead marketingdept@museumofidaho.org
Visitor Services Amanda Stevens visitorsvcs@museumofidaho.org
Volunteer Coordinator & Group Scheduling Susan Van Orden volunteers@museumofidaho.org

(208) 522-1400

Board of Trustees

Chair Linda Montgomery
Secretary / Treasurer  Tracy Hoart
Trustee Eric Anderson
Trustee Wade Bodlovic
Trustee George Boland
Trustee Phil Campbell
Trustee Joseph Giebel
Trustee Fred Goodworth
Trustee Carolyn Harwood
Trustee Ned Hillyard
Trustee Richard T. Jacobsen
Trustee Ryan Kirkham
Trustee Chris Sheetz
Trustee Marvin Smith
Trustee Randy'L Teton
Ex Officio James Harris