About Us

 We are a 501 (c) 3 non profit all volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, preserving and interpreting the history of the Boise Basin.  Incorporated on September 4, 1958, the first major accomplishment of the Foundation was the restoration of the old Post Office at the corner of Montgomery and Wall into the Boise Basin Museum.  This was soon followed by creating the park behind the museum.  Over time the block of historic buildings and displays adjacent to the museum were restored or built. And on and on. 

The Foundation now has under its care the:

Boise Basin Museum

Brogan and Naylor Parks

Territorial Prison

Smokejumpers Park

Pon Yam House and

Strauss House/Kenn Smith Gardens

We also oversee the Pioneer portion of the Idaho City Cemetery

and the Veterans Park.


It is a big, fun and fulfilling job. That is why we are especially happy to find new volunteers who share our commitment to doing good in the Boise Basin. Do you want to support us by helping with our work? Then do not hesitate to contact us. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!


Board of Directors

Become a Member



Due to the COVID-19 Virus the Museum is              OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY through October 4th.

Saturdays & Sundays

11 am to 4 pm


 Stay safe.


Want to Become a Member?

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


Mailing Address:


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

Museum To Open Saturday May 30th.

Weekends Only for the time being.


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