The Basque Museum & Cultural Center is a museum located in Boise, Idaho dedicated towards preserving Basque history and culture. Boise was a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States from the Spanish Basque Region. The museum shares this history through exhibits, archives, library, a 19th century pioneer home/boarding house, and the museum’s gift shop.
The museum opened in 1993 in a small house at 607 Grove Street. The house was built in 1864 by a merchant name Cyrus Jacobs. Eventually, in 1910 it became a boarding house for Basque families who came to Boise. One of the Basque families living in the home, the Uberuagas, bought it in 1928. However, it was still used as a boarding house until 1969. Over time, the museum grew and moved into a new building adjacent to the house. It continues to fulfill its mission as place that preserves Basque history and culture.