Guided Tours

Tour participants gather around "Portal" (2002) by Francis Fox in BoDo in downtown Boise; Photo courtesy of Boise State University (2019)Tour participants gather around "Portal" (2002) by Francis Fox in BoDo in downtown Boise; Photo courtesy of Boise State University (2019)

 

Residents and visitors curious to learn more about Boise’s history and public art can sign up for our summer-long series of 90-minute guided tours offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June through August 2024. Each tour will cover 1.5 miles and be offered at no cost upon registration. Registration opens on the 15th of each month for the month ahead (May 15, June 15, July 15).

Guided Tours

Public Art Downtown Tour

Explore Boise’s core and its colorful tapestry of murals, sculptures, and traffic boxes. Each 90-minute guided tour will begin and end at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park (1100 W Bannock St.). This tour is offered as part of a summer-long series of public art and history guided tours alternating on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from June through August. Tours are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required. Space is limited to 15 participants per tour.

Registration is now open for June tours.

Building Blocks of Boise Tour

"Building Blocks of Boise" offers 160 years of captivating history, highlighting the many cultural identities, activist movements, and environmental forces that have shaped our community. Each 90-minute guided tour will begin and end at the Rotary Grand Plaza at Julia Davis Park (700 S Capitol Blvd.). This tour is offered as part of a summer-long series of public art and history guided tours alternating on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from June through August. Tours are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required. Space is limited to 15 participants per tour.

Registration is now open for June tours.

Public Art Cultural District Tour

Explore the cultural facilities and public artworks located in Boise's Cultural District located along South 8th Street corridor and River Street. Each 90-minute guided tour will begin and end at the Erma Hayman House (617 Ash St.). This tour is offered as part of a summer-long series of public art and history guided tours alternating on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from June through August. Tours are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required. Space is limited to 15 participants per tour.

Registration is now open for June tours.

Tracing Boise's Eco-History Tour

“Tracing Boise's Eco-History” dives into Boise's environmental history, including the many community efforts to clean up and conserve many of our local treasures. Each 90-minute guided tour will begin and end at the Rotary Grand Plaza at Julia Davis Park (700 S Capitol Blvd.). This tour is offered as part of a summer-long series of public art and history guided tours alternating on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from June through August. Tours are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required. Space is limited to 15 participants per tour. 

Registration is now open for June tours.

Self-Guided Tours

You may also enjoy self-guided tours of Boise's history and public art collection using our interactive map or by downloading a public art brochure. You may also request one or the series at artsandhistory@cityofboise.org

In our commitment to engaging everyone, the City of Boise is actively removing barriers to participation, including for our residents with disabilities and those who prefer a language other than English. If you need an accommodation to access City of Boise’s services, programs, or activities, please contact us at artsandhistory@cityofboise.org or 208-608-7050 (TTY 800-377-3529).