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“A very fascinating place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oasis Bordello Museum

Oasis Bordello Museum
605 Cedar St., Wallace, ID
208-753-0801
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Ranked #5 of 10 things to do in Wallace
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Owner description: This highly unusual museum presents tours of a once popular bordello.
West Coast National Park, South Africa
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“A very fascinating place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The Oasis bordello museum is an interesting but slightly weird historical tour of a bordello located in the town of Wallace, Idaho. It felt a little weird because it feels so real. Personal items are laid out (pun) as if still in operation, however closed its doors in 1988. The story goes; the madam & ladies left in the middle of the night after being warned by some local(s) that the feds were coming to shut them down. I understand talking with locals, the person(s) that warned the girls, are viewed as somewhat of a hero. I expected to see a statue someplace in town, but didn’t spot one … maybe not so surprising.

The tour guide provided many interesting tidbits and history of the why’s and how’s of the business needs it supplied to the surrounding area. However, I soon recognized while taking the tour, probing questions needed to be asked, in order to get more worthy information about its operation. I can’t image for one second that working in or operating a bordello would be glamorous or considered first choice as a career option. It’s all about the money. But this museum tour gives a great insight into what opportunist lengths people (women in this case) would do to earn – apparently lots of bucks. And much of that money trickled out as payoffs and so forth. There may be a lot of stories in that ‘so forth’.

I wish one of these gals would write a ‘tell all’ book, but image it’d be hard to relive a time as this. I would like to know how this experience has affected their present day life. The tour guide did mention at least one of the gals did come back for a visit. A very fascinating place, but a little awkward. Not suited for underage children.

Visited August 2012
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Spokane, WA
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“Unusual, interesting museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is one of the more unusual museums we have been to. At first I thought it would be an old fashioned bordello from the early 1900s. Instead this place was operational until 1988. (Several years ago, Wallace had quite a few prostitution houses) At the Oasis, the girls had to evacuate quickly after being warned of a raid so they left everything behind in 1988. There are even cigarette butts still in the ashtrays and some dishes left in the sink. It's just like a step back in time!

Visited August 2012
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Liberty Lake, Washington
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“Asset to the community”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

A great tour. The madam did a great deal for the city of Wallace from the doughnut stand to buying the band uniforms for the HS! Great tour and time in history.

Visited June 2012
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Seattle, WA
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“Interesting peak into a 1980s brothel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Only $5 and an interesting stop off I90 if you need a short break off the road. Glad we stopped. short tour of how the brothel operated in 1988.

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“Stuck in time back to 1988 when it closed up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I have been here several times before, but never took the tour and went upstairs to see what it was all about. For $5 you get a 20-30 min. guided tour of the upstairs where the madam and her 5 girls had their bordello business for many years. Lots of interesting tidbits and a piece of history for sure whether you approve of what they did or not. The girls all left in a hurry thinking the Feds were coming the story goes, and thus left behind almost everything they had. The building was closed up for many years until a local man bought it and opened it up as a museum. Thus, it acts like a time capsule of what it was like when they left it. To me, that was the most interesting piece of it all.

Visited August 2012
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