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.

K-12 Programs

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. Group visits of 10 or more individuals are $1.00 per child 5-12, and $4.00 per adult. Scholarships funded through donations are available for classes with limited financial resources. 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.

Restricted Programs

Fund a project that corresponds with a personal interest or matches with your own vision and values. Your support makes a difference.

Fort Sherman Chapel

All donations to the Chapel are held in a special fund for maintenance and preservation.

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Celebrate special occasions and holidays or mark the passing of a loved one with a gift to the Museum of North Idaho in their name.

Going Virtual

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 organization holds about 36,000 photographs, as well as archival materials. These images are currently available in a searchable database located at the Museum. We seek to ultimately make all images accessible on our website for research and purchasable for digital download.

Artifact and Photograph Donations

The Museum of North Idaho welcomes the opportunity to consider submissions of artifact and photograph donations. Use the form below to make a formal submission of historic materials or photographs that you believe would complement our collections.

Please note the following before submitting an offer:

  • Due to the high volume of offers we receive, it may take a couple weeks 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.

Artifact and Photograph Donations

  • Accepted file types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
  • Background / Ownership