Reservations are necessary for all groups. School
group reservations must be made by the individual classroom
teachers and cleared by Admin/Principals at all participating
schools. Two weeks advance notice is best; however, we are
flexible. Please call to cancel any tours that cannot be
CONTACT Josh Olson (208) 433-5674
The Public Art Guided Tours are offered year round,
weather permitting. Tours are usually available between 8:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours last
anywhere from 20 to 120 minutes depending on the ages of the
participants and type of tour you request.
Tours begin a Boise City Hall front steps in downtown Boise located
at 150 N. Capitol Blvd., between Idaho and Main streets unless
other arrangements are made.
There is a 30-person maximum for all guided tours. No minimum
amount required, however, please specify when booking a tour.
If your group is larger than 30, please call well in advance
so that more than one tour guide can be available.
Groups with over ten K-12 students require two adult chaperones
from the host institution. Chaperones are responsible for:
Student items such as lunches, extra clothing for bad weather and
other personal belongings.
Head counts before, during and after the tour
Group street crossings and general safety
Staying on sidewalks and out of the path of moving vehicles
Student behavior management
General well being of everyone on tour e.g., water and snacks if
CONFIRMATION We will not necessarily
contact you to confirm your scheduled rout, although a tour docent
may call you to discuss specifics for your group if any special
arrangements need to be made. Please feel free to call and
confirm your own scheduled times.
We will make every effort to make sure the tours are accessible to
all visitors and to accommodate those with individual needs.
Please notify our staff of any special needs or concerns then
scheduling a tour.
There are several nearby parks for groups to picnic as well as many
restaurants and food vendors located throughout the downtown area.
Please make this a part of your schedule before hand, so that
the tour guide can prepare for any changes needed to suit your
transportation to and from the tour. The Boise Urban Stages
(BUS) offers free bus service to Boise public schools (K-12) for
class field trips. Teachers may contact the BUS directly at
336-10103 The service is restricted to pre-existing BUS
schedules. District busses are available to all class field
trips, but must be coordinated through your individual schools.
We will not be responsible for coordination of transportation
or parking facilities for school buses or private vehicles.
Parking garages are recommended for those participants in
private vehicles. Meter parking may not outlast the tour
times and may result in ticketing or towing of vehicles. We
are not responsible for parking fees, tickets or towing.
This service requires considerable walking on downtown Boise and
potential hazards may be heavy vehicle, pedestrian traffic or
extreme weather conditions. Please prepare yourself and your
group for any uncertainties such as potential health risks
associated with extended walking. Please be sure to bring
plenty or water, snacks and sun-block. You may also need to
dress in layers to prepare for variable weather conditions.
Please wear comfortable shoes.