The Idaho State Historical Museum, founded in 1907, is Idaho’s largest and most visited museum. It has evolved from a simple collection of curios and relics sitting on shelves to the first museum in Idaho to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Objects from the Museum’s collection tell the story of Idaho from prehistoric times through the fur trade, the gold rush, and pioneer settlement to the present. Richly detailed interiors show how Idahoans in the late 19th and 20th centuries lived and conducted business. Exhibits about the state’s Native American, Chinese and Basque populations are also presented. The museum is open throughout the year and is located in Julia Davis Park.