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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, knowledgeable 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. 

The Boise Basin Museum is now OPEN for the season.  



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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

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Boise Basin Museum

Museum is OPEN for the season. 

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