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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...more
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I was surprised by how well I liked the prison. Not to stay of course. By taking the tour we got access to some areas that just walking around I would not have known about. Our guide was very informative and had a sense of...More
Having lived in Boise for 38 years I've visited the old Penitentiary several times. The deserted cells and darkened hallways create a haunting atmosphere. The informative story boards and shadow boxes with old artifacts, add understanding to the history of what it was like during...More
My wife and I came from San Jose to visit Boise for a few days, and we did the usual (Table Rock, downtown, etc) - but the Old Penitentiary was special - a fascinating piece of history from the days of the Idaho Territory to...More
I went here with my whole family and thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour, but some family members got bored. In my opinion there’s nothing boring at all. I guess it depends on whether or not you like history...
The Old State Pen is fascinating just by itself, but the museum also offers a separate gem and weapons display, and then there's the women's prison, a stand-alone unit which really illustrates what life was like for female inmates. There are even some old hand-woven...More
If you like history, and possibly haunted places, you will like visiting the Old Idaho Penitentiary. You can go on a guided tour or self guided. You can go in about every building and see the cells some men called home for the better part...More
We offer Paranormal Investigations several times throughout the year, from early spring to early fall. In November, we offer "Night Tours" and "Behind the Scenes Tours," two separate events hosted by the Old Idaho... More
We offer Paranormal Investigations several times throughout the year, from early spring to early fall. In November, we offer "Night Tours" and "Behind the Scenes Tours," two separate events hosted by the Old Idaho Penitentiary's staff during evening hours.