Idaho State Capitol Building

Idaho State Capitol Building

Idaho State Capitol Building
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Allfunallthetime
    Twin Falls, Idaho299 contributions
    Fabulous ar architecture
    My son and I on a Saturday afternoon. Parking is on the street and typically costs a few bucks for 2 hours, but it was free this time. It is a bit of a walk to the building, and getting inside does entail some stairs. There probably is an easier method for a disabled visitor, but I didn't take note. Inside the building is immaculate and beautiful with a historical feel. You are able to walk right past some of the legislators' offices and even into both the house and senate chambers anterooms. They were not open today, but most had glass doors. We went up the marble stairs to the top floor, where there were some displays and a great view out to the Railroad Depot. I would like to come back and take a tour sometime for sure. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 2, 2023
  • travelingal60
    New York City, New York72 contributions
    Typical state capitol building but worth a visit
    Very typical rendition of a state capitol in architectural style. The building is very well maintained complete with a dome and all marble interior. I did not take a tour but explored the building on my own which was easy to do as the building is open to the public and easy to enter. There is a small exhibition space on the 2nd floor where they were exhibiting a small collection of gowns from former state first ladies. Without a tour you can see the building in under an hour and it is very centrally located in Boise.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas5,453 contributions
    Beautiful building but not that much to see inside
    We were able to find free parking (3 hours for visitors) just a block to the east of the building so not much of a walk. The building is quite grand with a replica of the Liberty Bell on the front steps. Inside, everything was shiny marble but nothing (senate or house rooms) was open to be viewed like I have seen at other state Capitol buildings.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,896 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
The State Capitol building is a very impressive structure located in downtown Boise. It is probably not as grand as some of the other State Capitol buildings that I've visited, but that comparison maybe somewhat unfair as each Capitol is unique and is a testament to the state. The Capitol is located in downtown, and it was fairly easy to find parking when I went to visit on a weekday. The best place to start a self guided tour is from the basement floor (called the garden level). The garden level is where the visitor information center is located as well as a small gift shop. The garden level has a number of exhibits which provide detailed information about the history of early settlements in Idaho, how Idaho was first conceived as a territory and was subsequently made a state in the United States. The exhibits on that floor were interactive and very informative, and got to know a great deal about the Gem State - natural resources, settlements, rivers, industrial and agricultural aspects of the state and much more. I came away impressed by the amount of information that is on display at the Capitol building and immaculate job the state has done to maintain this sacred democratic spot, no doubt attracting a number of tourists.

The second floor had a replica of the Idaho State Constitution. It was housed in a Historic Exhibits room, which delved into the history of creation of the Constitution, a necessary prerequisite for attaining statehood. The room also had exhibits detailing Idaho's Constitutional Convention, the efforts to preserve the historic document, and it also housed the office of the state Treasurer, which was an interesting peek into how money was stored in earlier times. Unfortunately both the house and senate chambers and the respective galleries were closed and thus could not take a look at those but the Office of the Governor was open for visitors.
Written January 4, 2024
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS5,453 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were able to find free parking (3 hours for visitors) just a block to the east of the building so not much of a walk. The building is quite grand with a replica of the Liberty Bell on the front steps. Inside, everything was shiny marble but nothing (senate or house rooms) was open to be viewed like I have seen at other state Capitol buildings.
Written September 25, 2023
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travelingal60
New York City, NY72 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Very typical rendition of a state capitol in architectural style. The building is very well maintained complete with a dome and all marble interior. I did not take a tour but explored the building on my own which was easy to do as the building is open to the public and easy to enter. There is a small exhibition space on the 2nd floor where they were exhibiting a small collection of gowns from former state first ladies. Without a tour you can see the building in under an hour and it is very centrally located in Boise.
Written August 25, 2023
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Aln357
Anacoco, LA522 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Pretty building and open for free tours, but the information desk was not manned on a weekday so we did not get much information on the building or the history of the state
Written June 9, 2023
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Allfunallthetime
Twin Falls, ID299 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
My son and I on a Saturday afternoon. Parking is on the street and typically costs a few bucks for 2 hours, but it was free this time.
It is a bit of a walk to the building, and getting inside does entail some stairs. There probably is an easier method for a disabled visitor, but I didn't take note.
Inside the building is immaculate and beautiful with a historical feel. You are able to walk right past some of the legislators' offices and even into both the house and senate chambers anterooms. They were not open today, but most had glass doors. We went up the marble stairs to the top floor, where there were some displays and a great view out to the Railroad Depot.
I would like to come back and take a tour sometime for sure.
Highly recommend.
Written April 2, 2023
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Joellen Dattilo
Marietta, GA25 contributions
Dec 2022
A wonderful display of Christmas decorations in this beautiful Capital building. Also, very interesting history.
Written December 15, 2022
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mydonna
Arlington, TX866 contributions
Nov 2022
Architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and skyrocketed further when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German immigrant who partnered with Tourtellotte in 1903. The final cost of the building was just over $2 million; it was completed in 1920. The architects used varied materials to construct the building and their design was inspired by Classical examples.
Tourtellotte and Hummel used four types of marble: red marble from Georgia, gray marble from Alaska, green marble from Vermont, and black marble from Italy. Architectural inspirations included St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Paul's Cathedral in London and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The most prominent feature of the capitol is its dome.
Written November 28, 2022
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Diane F
170 contributions
Oct 2022
The capitol building was a beautiful marble building. There is a replica of the Liberty Bell out front. The dome is quite a site to see from the entranceway, looking up. There is a statue of George Washington and one of the winged Victory (Nike) on the second floor. As they weren't in session, we couldn't go into the chambers, but could look at them through the glass doors. The grounds are nicely landscaped.
Written October 21, 2022
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Nalalita
Huntington Beach, CA94 contributions
Sept 2022
The exhibits in the museum are curated exquisitely. For a change, ALL interactive pieces work. Short films shown are entertaining and educational. The lower floor has a very attractive area for children. You will need at least a couple of hours to really enjoy the museum!
Written September 23, 2022
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Heinz S
Bernese Oberland, Switzerland389 contributions
Jul 2022
Dieses Capitol ist ein echter Monumentalbau mit unzählig vielen Marmorsäulen. Der hohe Innenhof mit dem Blick hoch zur Kuppel ist eindrücklich. Schön, dass die BesucherInnen das Gebäude ohne grosse Einschränkungen selbständig begehen dürfen.
This Capitol is a real monumental building with countless marble columns. The high courtyard with the view high up to the dome is impressive. It's nice that visitors are allowed to walk through the building independently without great restrictions.
Written August 17, 2022
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