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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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  • Great collection of modern artists, many local. Large well-appointed galleries. Attention given to artists of color. Very enjoyable visit. 
    Great collection of modern artists, many local. Large well-appointed galleries. Attention given to artists of color. Very enjoyable visit.  more »
  • This museum is in an area that includes other attractions, the river, a park, and you can walk from here to some of the downtown restaurants and stores. But the museum itself is very nice. We had to pay less than $10 for two of us and it was a bargain. There was a temporary exhibit of contemporary art and galleries for several other art areas. Local artists as well as nationally known. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. This is not a large museum, but it is very efficient and easy to follow through to the various exhibits.
  • Awesome museum, I love the room setup, and they always have great local works in. The exhibit was exquisite, Stephanie Wilde has such an ornate style. I especially loved the Corporate Death and Plaque series. There's a special place in my heart for long compositions. Thanks so much for providing an amazing experience to the community, BAM!

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