Picture this. You step outside your hotel room in the center of town and find a 25-mile long riverside Greenbelt path , a Ridge to Rivers trailhead leading into wild and scenic foothills, or one of the expansive, interconnected parks lining the city. And you can be enjoying any one of them in under five minutes. Really.
Boise is no ordinary place. Here, outdoor pursuits exist in perfect sync with city life. In just minutes you can escape to float a river, ski, boat, hike, bike and more. Boise is quickly becoming a hub for sports fans, too. Home to the famous blue turf of the Boise State Broncos, we also have minor league baseball , ice hockey and basketball teams. So come watch a game, even a rodeo , or play on one of the many golf courses and other sporting grounds available in the city.
Catch a trout in the afternoon...and a ballet at night. Boise, the capital of Idaho and largest metropolitan center between Portland and Salt Lake City, offers beauty and adventure both outdoors and within our thriving arts scene. You'll find installations, murals and public art around the city, and can tour the Boise Art Museum , Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial , Zoo Boise , Discovery Center of Idaho , historical museums and other cultural hotspots within a few blocks of one another.
Nationally-renowned theater and performing arts companies also call Boise home, including the Boise Contemporary Theater , Idaho Shakespeare Festival , Ballet Idaho , Idaho Dance Theatre , Trey McIntyre Project and Idaho's premier performing arts center the Velma V. Morrison Center.
The result is a city that lets you find, and fuel, your passion for the arts.
The mission of the Boise Art Museum is to create visual arts experiences, engage people, and inspire learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.
The Boise Art Museum is nationally recognized for leadership, innovation and excellence in the visual arts.
Boise Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non–profit, educational and charitable organization. The mission of the Museum is to create visual arts experiences, engage people, and inspire learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.
In 1931, a group of thirty citizens interested in promoting art in the city of Boise and throughout Idaho met in the Crystal Lounge of the Hotel Boise and became known as the Boise Art Association. The purpose of the association was to organize, acquire, and maintain a suitable gallery in which works of art could be displayed.
Boise Art Museum (BAM) began in 1937, when the Association's goals were realized through a partnership among the Boise Art Association, the City of Boise and the federal Works Progress Administration. What was then known as The Boise Gallery of Art was constructed in Julia Davis Park in the heart of downtown Boise. Although the gallery did not actively collect, it presented local and regional artwork and played an important role in Boise's growing community.
In 1961, the Boise Art Association incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name Boise Gallery of Art. In the mid-sixties, the first professional staff members were hired and exhibition programming became more ambitious. The need for additional space quickly became a priority, and in 1972, construction began on a year-long expansion program. The building, which encompassed more than 10,000 square feet, re-opened to the public in 1973.
In 1986, the institution successfully completed a fundraising campaign to support a second renovation for expansion of its galleries as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund. Upon completion of the expansion in 1988, the organization was renamed Boise Art Museum to reflect its focus on developing its Permanent Collection and education programs as well as the display of significant traveling exhibitions. At that time, the Boise Art Museum was awarded initial national accreditation by the American Association of Museums, with subsequent re-accreditation awarded in 1996 and 2007.
In 1997, BAM embarked upon a multi-million dollar campaign, supported by the City of Boise and the community, to increase its facilities by 13,800 square feet to a total of 34,800 square feet. The Museum added a Sculpture Court, a new Education Wing with expanded studios, an ARTexperienceGallery, more space in the Museum Store, new galleries to feature the Permanent Collection, larger office space, and additional areas for art storage and conservation.
BAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), certifying that the Museum meets or exceeds national standards in all areas of its operations. BAM is the only collecting art museum in Idaho to hold AAM accreditation and is among 4% of museums nationwide that have earned this distinction.
BAM is embracing its 75th anniversary as an opportunity to enhance and ensure a rewarding experience for all visitors through exhibitions, collections, interpretive strategies, educational programming, a welcoming environment, and a commitment to being a vital part of the educational and cultural life of the community.
Zoo Boise connects our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide.
Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capitol improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals, animal habitats, species conservation and the environment.
Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) . Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
Friends of Zoo Boise is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID #82-6005995). All gifts are tax deductible and qualify for the Idaho State Education Tax Credit.
Hours & Prices
Our mission is to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math.
We believe learning is fun and expands minds and lives. Because of the opportunities we provide, our community is more scientifically literate, curious and empowered to explore.
Monday – Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday, Noon – 5pm
Children (2 & Under) – FREE
Discovery Center Members – FREE
Active Military Discount Available
For groups of 10 or more using a single form of payment, we offer discounted admission if you book in advance.
We ask that groups have at least one chaperone for every five youth or children. Book your group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 287-4221.
For our school group rates, please see our field trip information .
131 Myrtle St
Boise, ID 83702
Boise Contemporary Theater
The BCT Experience
Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is a professional theater company located in Boise, Idaho. BCT is the only company in the Boise area committed to performing exclusively contemporary work. BCT's home is The Fulton Street Center for the Arts in the heart of Downtown Boise in the BODO district.
Our season runs October – May and includes a four show main-stage season as well as a spring play reading series which introduces five new works to our audiences. Post-show discussions, scheduled during the run of each play and during each 5X5, encourage dialogue between artists and audiences.
Boise Contemporary Theater's mission is to create theater that invites all of us to imagine something new.