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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Gems And Minerals

Check Out The Geological Museum, Especially If Your A Rock Hound, vary excellent, interesting and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert P

This is a really cool place to walk through. When I toured it, it was self-guided- the displays and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boise, Idaho
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In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Check Out The Geological Museum, Especially If Your A Rock Hound, vary excellent, interesting and the volunteer staff is great!!! Lots of displays and great stuff.

Thank Robert P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really cool place to walk through. When I toured it, it was self-guided- the displays and plaques are really informative, and I learned a lot about Boise history there. For example, if you're a cyclist, you know what goatheads are- it was...More

Thank Tractorchick
Reviewed 1 week ago

educational but fun. the guide was good at getting people involved and answering questions. fun for the entire family.

Thank chimighanga
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first learned about the penitentiary through my favorite show, Ghost Adventures. I was so excited to tour the property with my 2 kids, 6 and 14. All of us really enjoyed it and learned so much. The tour guide did great keeping some of...More

Thank Josie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had heard about this place on our last trip to Boise, but didn't have to time to see it. This time we set aside the time and we are glad we did. Very interesting place with a great history, nice to see how well preserved...More

Thank livetoride07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn’t get in to the penitentiary because of Halloween events so we disappointed but we did go to the gardens next door and enjoyed the scarecrow contest. Maybe next time!

Thank kaycola
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds have some very pretty flowers and other landscaping that is best to view in the summer, but the rest of the tour can be enjoyed any time of the year. The tour can be quick (for those with little patience) or you can...More

Thank Joni M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For $6 this is well worth the visit. Be sure to take the time to watch the video before touring. It's a great way to get a feel for how things were here. I took the self guided tour and really enjoyed it. You'll be...More

Thank PA-Suzie-Sunshine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our two kids ages 7 and 10 here in August while visiting Boise. This is a great place to spend an hour or two that won't break the bank. Really a neat place to see. It's well preserved and really gives you an...More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 15 October 2017

The Old Idaho State Penitentiary holds a sad legacy. It opened in 1872, while Idaho was still a territory. Statehood came 18 years later and the sandstone prison, oppressively hot during the summer and freezing cold in the winter remained as Idaho's main prison until...More

1  Thank Sowellman
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Response from 358billa | Reviewed this property |
It is self guided so you can really stop when you like. To walk and enjoy all the areas figure 2 -3 hours.
11 January 2016|
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