There is something for everyone at the Boise Art Museum (BAM)! BAM presents 12-16 exciting new exhibitions each year, featuring a range of artistic styles, media, periods, and cultures. BAM inspires and engages people of all ages through its monthly education programs, studio art workshops, children’s ARTexperience Gallery, and special events, including Art in the Park each September. Visit the BAM Store to find unique gifts, including jewelry, accessories, toys, books, décor, and more. Museum admission is $3 – $6. Children under age 6 and BAM Members are FREE. Admission is by donation on the First Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Boise Art Museum (BAM) is located at 670 Julia Davis Drive in Boise, Idaho, and is part of a series of public museums and cultural attractions in Julia Davis Park. It is the permanent home of a growing collection of contemporary realism, modern and contemporary ceramics, as well as the largest public collection of works by acclaimed Idaho outsider artist and bookmaker James Charles Castle. The museum also features major traveling exhibitions and installations throughout the year.
The museum began as the Boise Gallery of Art, opening in 1937 through a partnership between the Boise Art Association, the City of Boise, and the Federal Works Progress Administration as a space for people living in the Boise area to see local artists, traveling exhibitions and artwork on loan. The museum’s original Art Deco and Egyptian Revival building was renovated in 1972 and again in 1988 when the name was changed to the Boise Art Museum and the museum increased focus on the development of a permanent collection and educational programming. In 1997, the museum was expanded again to include larger administrative offices, storage, a sculpture court, and educational studios.