Boise Art Museum

670 Julia Davis Drive
208-345-8330

Vision:

The Boise Art Museum is nationally recognized for leadership, innovation and excellence in the visual arts.

Mission:

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.

History:

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.


Reviews

M.J. W.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great collection. I really enjoyed myself and there was staff everywhere to answer questions. I would have given it 5 stars, but they do have the worst bike rack in all of Ada County. Please BAM get a better rack . Thank you

Brian Garrett

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great kids area and wonderful "meet the artist" feature where one can discuss art with a local professional in captivity....

Miles Hoffman

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Being in this gallery almost made me forget what a horriable state I'm in right now... Well for the wilderness, it's great art, keep up the good work, maybe art can break the bigot hold on that state

Wyoma Clouss

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Friday, Sep. 9, 2016

Nice job, BOM. Came in to see Art in the Park. No parking in the park. Went to Shuttle spot that promised every 20 min bus.. Paid for parking. No Shuttle. Waited over an hour. No Shuttle. Went home. Great organization, after all these years. Obviously you have outgrown the site, and your shuttle system is worthless.

Angela Premoe

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Lots of art to see. Organized, enjoyed how you could call the number shown an the wall and wouls explain the art pieces.


Upcoming Events at Boise Art Museum

Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jul 2, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jul 2, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jul 9, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jul 21, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jul 28, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Aug 4, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Aug 11, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Aug 13, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Aug 18, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 at 12:00pm
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