The Museum of North Idaho depends on financial support through membership, donations, and special programs and exhibits. We invite you to play a key role in inspiring a dynamic and interactive connection to the unique heritage of the Coeur d’Alene region and securing our next fifty years. Every gift makes a difference.
The Operating Fund sustains every part of the Museum of North Idaho’s work. Your gift supports exhibits, tours, lectures, educational programs, the research library, special events, and so much more.
Items and Collections Donations
The Museum of North Idaho welcomes the opportunity to consider offers of exhibit loans/ donations. Use the form below to make a formal offer of historic materials or photographs that you believe would complement MNI's 2021 Featured Exhibit.
We are interested in objects relating to the Dream Theater, Wilma Theater (especially interior photographs and artifacts), and Nell Shipman Studios.
Please note the following before submitting an offer:
- Due to the high volume of offers we receive, it may take a couple months for the Museum to carefully consider and reply to each one.
- To be considered, offers must have clear, high resolution images attached to the submission form.
- The Museum does not accept original materials without prior communication, review and approval from the Museum Director.
- The Museum cannot promise to display loaned or donated items.
- The Museum reserves the right to dispose of unclaimed property post-exhibition as it sees fit.
The Museum always gives close consideration to offers of authentic objects, photographs, documents and works of art illustrating North Idaho's history and culture.
Tribute and Memorial Gifts
Celebrate holidays and special occasions, or mark the passing of a loved one with a gift to the Museum of North Idaho.
Find a project that corresponds with a personal interest or matches your own vision and values. Your support makes a difference.
Fort Sherman Little Red Chapel
All donations to the Chapel Fund are for maintenance and preservation.
School age children in the Coeur d’Alene Region deserve the opportunity to learn and explore the rich history and culture of the area. Our K-12 programs enhance student performance, preparing them for the future. School groups are requested to donate $1.00 per child 6-16, and $4.00 per adult, but when this is a hardship to anyone, our donors always come through. Through donations to this program, MNI has been able to offer bus transportation costs and student admissions to 4th grade public school classes. Support for the expansion to offer educational programs free of charge to regional schools is an investment in the next generation of citizens.
Online Access to the Photo Archives
The Museum of North Idaho is the repository for the most comprehensive collection of historical photographs that tell the story of the people and culture of the Coeur d’Alene Region. Our institution has about 36,000 images as well as archival material in its collection. These images are currently available in a searchable database located at the Museum. We seek to ultimately make all of those images directly purchasable online for digital download.
The Museum of North Idaho IT infrastructure is aging. Modernizing IT capabilities and our P.O.S. system will lay the groundwork for incorporating more sophisticated hardware and software in our galleries and our new facility.