Idaho City Historical Foundation
Idaho City Historical Foundation

Our Properties

Boise Basin Museum

Boise Basin Museum

In 1867, it took Postmaster James Pinney only 29 days to build the post office after the second great fire in Idaho City destroyed the first one on Main Street. The Foundation leases the building from Idaho City and it has been used as a museum since 1958. The building houses an extensive collection of early photographs, tools, and artifacts from the Basin's colorful mining and logging history.

Pon Yam Museum and cultural Center

Pon Yam House Chinese Museum

The Boise Basin's Chinese population numbered 1,751 in the census of 1870. The Pon Yam House is the site of our Chinese Museum and Cultural Center at the corner of Montgomery and Commercial Streets. Pon Yam was a Chinese merchant who used this building from 1867 until 1885.

Brogan and Naylor Parks

John Brogan Park

The largest outdoor park in Idaho City is an excellent venue for large picnics, weddings, and other events. This park is home to a stamp mill, ore cart, boiler engine, and other mining equipment and is located at the corner of Wall and Montgomery Streets. This park can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis by clicking  contact form.

Historic buildings block

Students participate in our annual Celebrate Idaho City Day to spruce up the interior of "The Pest House".

Bordering John Brogan Park is a row of historic buildings, staged as they were originally used.  You will get a glimpse back in time as you look at The Judge Halley House, The Galbreaith House, The Blacksmith Shop, and The Pest House.  Informative plaques are conveniently located at each location.  During the season, knowledgable museum staff are more than willing to answer questions as well.

Strauss House/Kenn Smith Garden

Built in the late 1860s and relocated to Kenn Smith's property in the 1970s, the Strauss House is a beautiful example of early day residences. 

Seasonal Museum Hours of Operation: 

Memorial Day-

Labor Day

7 Days a Week

11-4

Off season available upon request.  Contact us for more information.

 

Want to Become a Member?

Please call us at: (208) 392-4550 or fill out our contact form.

 

Mailing Address:

ICHF

PO Box 358

Idaho City, ID 83631

 

Boise Basin Museum (open seasonally)

501 Montgomery St

Idaho City, ID 83631

Upcoming News & Events

Boise Basin Museum

Our museum is currently closed for the season. We will reopen for weekends in May. Have a great winter.

 

In the meantime, join us at the Pon Yam  Open House on December 2nd for refreshments, crafts and music.

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