Origins: Objects of Material Culture

Through the cooperation and help of several people during 2012,  the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History agreed to partner with The Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho for an exciting exhibit highlighting many of the museum's archaeological and anthropological collections. Artifacts from various cultures around the world will be showcased as part of an exhibit entitled, 'ORGINS, OBJECTS OF MATERIAL CULTURE".  The exhibit opens in February 2013 at The Boise Art Museum.

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is proud to be part of this large exhibit and has loaned over 150 artifacts for the show.  The Museum's Archaeologist and Curator, Jan Summers Duffy worked with Boise Art Museum Curator Catherine Rakow and staff in picking artifacts, packing and transporting them for the trip from Caldwell to Boise.  We all look forward to the exhibit.  Please plan a visit!

February 23, 2013 – January 12, 2014 at The Boise Art Museum

Origins: "Objects of Material Culture" will feature objects by tribal communities in Africa, Papua New Guinea and North America Native cultures spanning the time period from pre-European contact through the 20th century.  This exhibition will encourage audiences to examine the ways art forms in diverse cultures have contributed to our contemporary senses of place, art, community and identity. Supported in part by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The Boise Art Museum - 670 Julia Davis Drive Boise, Id. 83702

Hours- Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; First Thursday 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday Noon to 5 pm;

Closed Monday, December 24, 2012 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  BAM is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

Admission Fees Regular Admission BAM Members: Free General: $5; Senior (62 and over) $3; Full-time Student (w/ ID): $3; Children (Grades 1-12) $1' Children Under 6 Free; First Thursday: Donation Day

On March 7th Curators and the President of The College of Idaho met for a viewing at Boise Art Museum of Origins. It was a success and a fascinating look at four galleries of items representing many cultures.