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Boise Art Museum, Boise

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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.
Today the Boise Art Museum is the only AAM accredited museum collecting fine art in Idaho and functions as a center for fine arts in the Treasure Valley.

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Boise Art Museum reviews

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  • If you go the 1st Thursday of each month, they offer it for free! I was visiting from out of town and decided to visit. I was disappointed they say no photos as I think sharing mY encourage others... 
    If you go the 1st Thursday of each month, they offer it for free! I was visiting from out of town and decided to visit. I was disappointed they say no photos as I think sharing mY encourage others...  more »
  • The current exhibits do an excellent job of placing the exhibited art in both a cultural and political context, as well as in an art history context. The Stephen Towns exhibit was spectacular. The... 
    The current exhibits do an excellent job of placing the exhibited art in both a cultural and political context, as well as in an art history context. The Stephen Towns exhibit was spectacular. The...  more »
  • This was a very bland experience. I walked very slowly and still finished looking at everything within an hour. I've visited many art museums (Art Institute of Chicago, NC Museum of Art, MOCA, The... 
    This was a very bland experience. I walked very slowly and still finished looking at everything within an hour. I've visited many art museums (Art Institute of Chicago, NC Museum of Art, MOCA, The...  more »
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  • Some of the work was compelling with a story to tell. I was a bit surprised to see nothing from about 60 centuries of art. I was also a bit surprised at photos not being allowed. Most museums in the world now have no problem with that. The galleries also seemed rather dark and I wonder why the skylights have been painted over.
  • An exceptional small museum. Clearly their staff is thoughtfully and strategically displaying the collection along contemporary and meaningful themes. The mostly regional artworks are outstanding examples, the installation is superior - spaced and considered. Oddly for 2022, they forbid photos of any kind- even those taken with a Cell phone. Thus, casual sharing any useful visual is impossible. This policy could be revisited to increase publicity and visitation. So- imagine a really lovely small museum and go there!
  • Great exhibit! The neon lights and paint by numbers is a fun one! The interactive candy exhibit is fun too! Thank you for offering a free day once a month! It really helps our family to experience fine art!
  • Collections were not my personal taste, but definitely worth seeing. Special exhibition was a very pleasant surprise. It featured a home town (Balto) artist, Stephen Towns, & his work is AMAZING! Nice museum store & shout out to the friendly & helpful security officers too.
  • I expected more display of the talent Boise as to offer 😥 all I seen was art in the I of the beholder. Dont get me wrong I understand that some of the art took extreme talents to accomplish (and I mean some)but just not the kind of art that stops me to gaze in wonder and marvel at. I wish we would be more selective of what we consider true art not something that is pretty much anyone can do. Just not what I expected and I probably will go back to see if they make better choices in the future because of my love of art but won't hold my breath.

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