Idaho Historical Museum closes for renovation project

BOISE -- Museum-goers got one last chance to visit the Idaho State Historical Museum before it closes for an extended, three-year renovation and expansion project.

The museum hosted a "One Last Look" event Sunday. It gave patrons the opportunity to check out some of the exhibits and artifacts, detailing Idaho's history, before they're packed away and stored.

Museum-goers also got to see floor plans and renderings of what the museum will look like after completion.

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When it re-opens, the museum will be almost 14,000 square feet larger that its current space, which originally opened in 1950 and has undergone several expansion and renovations since then.

Officials say the museum collection has outgrown the building and the exhibits are in need of modernization.

"Our exhibits are beautiful, but many of them are really a little bit dated, and so we're really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the communities across the state to create a more comprehensive way of telling Idaho's story," said Janet Gallimore, executive director of the Idaho State Historical Society.

The Idaho Historical Society's exhibits at the Idaho Statehouse, the Idaho State Archives, and the Old State Penitentiary will remain open.


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