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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Good, Inexpensive Fun.

We took our two kids ages 7 and 10 here in August while visiting Boise. This is a great place to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scott R
Riverside, California
Sad legacy, but a top place to visit.

The Old Idaho State Penitentiary holds a sad legacy. It opened in 1872, while Idaho was still a... read more

Reviewed 6 days 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 good36%
  • 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 2 days 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 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

During our trip in Boise, we decided to visit this place because of its ties to old Boise history. It was very well-preserved, despite being closed for nearly forty years, and you were allowed to walk around the penitentiary grounds and take pictures of all...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The old State Pen is historic, spooky, fascinating, and creepy. It is a great look at what old time penitentiaries used to be like. I visited the Pen twice when in was in high school back in the 1970s when it was still in use....More

Thank dd83686
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited the Old Idaho Penitentiary and were surprised at how long we ended up staying. The architecture and landscaping are interesing in their own rights but even if you take a self guided tour like we did, each building has tons...More

Thank TuffRN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I arrived at the small penitentiary at 4.20pm expecting to be able to spend 40 minutes exploring and taking photographs before the advertised 5pm close. The desk clerk referred us to her manager, who seemed to gain great delight in telling us...More

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed an excellent tour of this old penitentiary. It is very creepy inside - can't image being confined here! Yikes! Recommend.

1  Thank denver60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a walk around the Old Penitentiary and was really glad we did. We had a chilling moment. When we were leaving the drop room/hanging room; a window opened by it self in the cell block next door😳. Really cool experience.

Thank Jenny J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a group of students to the Old Idaho Penitentiary and we all had a great time. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and highly entertaining, which truly made our visit worthwhile.

Thank ShelliandGirls
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had wanted to check this out for several years and since we had an extra day at our RV Park in Caldwell, ID thought we should check this out. Glad we went as fortunately when we arrived and paid the clerk the daily admission...More

Thank Roger S
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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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