Hours & Admission

Schedule Your Visit
If you would like to schedule your visit in advance and expedite the admissions process, we recommend pre-purchasing your tickets online (including members and individuals who receive free admission). We request that you schedule your visit in one-hour blocks, at least 2 hours in advance of your visit.

Be Well
To keep everyone safe, we ask everyone to visit only if they are well.  If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, or any other symptoms, we ask you to please stay home.

Leave Bags and Backpacks behind
Please leave your bags, backpacks, and personal items at home or in your vehicle, or ask about BAM’s lockers.  Backpacks, large bags, and water bottles are not allowed in the Museum.

No Food or Drink
Please leave food, drink, and gum at home or in your vehicle, or discard before entering the Museum.

Forms of Payment
We prefer credit/debit cards and accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

The Visitor Experience – What to Expect

Thank you for your patience as we respond to current changes to local and national government guidelines and begin to reintroduce amenities and programs as we all recover and rebuild together. You will notice:

  • One-way entry and exit into and out of the building;
  • Protective plastic shields at admission and the BAM Store;
  • Self-swiping credit card machines;
  • Signage about hand washing in the restrooms;
  • No-touch hand sanitizer stations;
  • Recycling bins for you to leave your handouts behind, if you do not want to take them with you.

You also will notice the following temporary measures:

  • Touchable samples have been removed;
  • Touchable activities have been removed from the ARTexperience Gallery;
  • Pencils have been removed near comment books. You may still leave a comment by writing with your own implement.

How BAM is Contributing

To the Economy and Society

BAM is committed to keeping staff employed as long as possible. We do not want to exacerbate the economic, unemployment, and financial difficulties our country is facing by laying off staff or eliminating jobs. BAM also offers free and reduced admission to make sure everyone has access to the human endeavor of art.

To Education

BAM is creating and providing digital content and resources through our website and social media channels. We are also supporting teachers, parents, and students with educational learning materials while they are teaching and learning from home.


We are grateful for your continued support, now more than ever. We remain committed to fulfilling our mission for the benefit of our community so we can strengthen each other during these uncertain times. Your participation and support will make it possible for us to endure and thrive together. We look forward to welcoming you back to BAM!

Photography of any kind is not allowed in the Museum. Please put away your camera and silence your cell phone. You can take important calls outside the entry or in the Sculpture Garden. You can also use your cell phone to access BAM’s audio guide.

Please don’t touch the artwork. You can help BAM keep artwork safe by not touching artwork or leaning on walls and cases.

BAM staff members are here to help. You can find associates at the BAM Store if you have questions.

Please use only pencils when taking notes and sketching.

Please accompany children at all times so you can enjoy your visit together.

Please help young visitors understand the Museum Manners. You can watch the animation ‘Why Art Museums Have Rules’ below.

The Museum has designated accessible parking and a barrier-free entrance located at the front of the Museum. A wheelchair is available free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Museum is equipped with accessible rest rooms and drinking fountain. Listening enhancement systems are available.

Julia Davis Park – FREE public parking
BAM is located in Julia Davis Park. Free public parking is located throughout the park and is limited to 2-hour parking once per day, year-round, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. BAM visitors may request an extended parking pass at the admissions counter, if needed. During busy summer months, finding a parking spot in Julia Davis Park can be difficult. Here are some nearby parking options:

Surface Lot – Capitol Blvd. & Fulton St.
__1 block from BAM
__$1 per hour for the first 2 hours
Myrtle St. Garage – Capitol Blvd. & Myrtle St. (the Hampton Inn building)
__1st hour FREE
__2 blocks from BAM
Surface Lot – Fulton St. & 8th St.
__2 blocks from BAM
Surface Lot (weekends only) – 10th St. & Miller St.
__4 blocks from BAM
City Centre Garage – 9th St. & Front St.
__1st hour FREE
__5 blocks from BAM

Downtown Parking Resources
ParkBoi downtown garages

Parking information provided as a courtesy only—all information subject to change. Please see pricing, terms, and conditions posted at each parking location for details.

No weapons are permitted in the Museum.

Pets are not permitted inside the Museum.

Boise Art Museum is committed to the principles of welcoming, sharing, and respect for all. The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct the Museum deems to be disorderly or abusive or who fails to comply with these or other Museum rules.

Museum Hours

Tue 10am - 5pm
Wed 10am - 5pm
Thu 10am - 5pm
(First Thursday, 10am - 7pm)
Fri 10am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun Noon - 5pm
Mon Closed

HOLIDAYS | BAM is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

Regular Admission

Special Admissions

First Thursday 
1st Thursday of each month
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pay what you can
Studio Art Exploration 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by

Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program

Especially for Seniors 
3rd Wednesday of each month
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seniors (62+) receive FREE admission all day.

Sponsored by


BAM is a Blue Star Museum

Active-duty military personnel,
including National Guard and Reserve,
and up to 5 family members
receive FREE admission to BAM
May 18 – September 1, 2024

FREE Admission for Boise State Students, Faculty, and Staff (w/I.D.)
Click here for details


FREE Admission for Bank of America cardholders during the first full weekend of each month. Details»
*Limit one general admission per cardholder per visit. Must present an active Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank branded debit or credit card and a valid photo ID. Valid for general admission only–not valid for BAM special events and ticketed activities.

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