Basque Museum & Cultural Center History

Basque Museum & Cultural Center History

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center was established in 1985 as a small museum in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House at 607 Grove Street. Located in scenic Boise, Idaho, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities not only in Idaho, but in the American West. Through hard work and the support of many individuals, businesses, foundations, and Basque communities and organizations, the Museum began to interpret the rich and colorful history of the Basques, their origins, and their new life in America.

The 611 Grove Street property became the primary facility for the Museum’s operations in 1993. As artifact donations and exhibit development increased, so did the need for more space. Displays, classrooms, a library, a kitchen and a Museum Store became part of the renewed space. Over the years, thanks to many dedicated people, the Museum has grown tremendously in facilities and services and has become an Idaho cultural institution.

The mission of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture. Boiseko Ikastola, the only Basque language preschool outside of the Basque Country, has been established as part of this mission.

Museum collections include oral history archives, a library, a collection of records & tapes, manuscript materials, and numerous artifacts and photographs. It is the home of significant resources for anyone interested in Basque history and culture.

As support and participation increase, the Museum will be able to offer additional educational programs, develop and enhance permanent exhibits, implement technological improvements, manage collections, and promote Basque social activities. With your help, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center will continue to grow and remain one of the premier cultural institutions in the United States.

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