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Old Idaho Penitentiary

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Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
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+1 208-334-2844
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In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most...

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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Great history

It was a great learning experience. Could feel the tortured souls still wandering the cells. It was chilling to see the cell and execution site of "idahos jack the ripper". Wish... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a great learning experience. Could feel the tortured souls still wandering the cells. It was chilling to see the cell and execution site of "idahos jack the ripper". Wish I could've went on Friday the 13th. Will definitely do it again.

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McCall, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to the Friday the 13th story telling day. That was the catalyst that brought us to this historical place. The story telling was o.k and made it visit special, however walking around this venue was chilling and very interesting. There was a hidden perk, the weapons museum! A person in our party really enjoyed the weapons museum because... More 

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Radcliff, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent most of an afternoon checking out this historical Penitentiary. Excellent weapons museum. Only place like this I've ever been to. Great way to spend the afternoon.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Of special interest is the solitary confinement area and the room where prisoners were hanged. The women cell block is free to visit and the jailhouse itself is only $5 as I recall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This historic place will really make you think. Prisoners were living here while I was in kindergarten.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on a trip with my best friend and we stumbled upon this little site. It was fascinating and free!! We read all the stories and were amazed at the variety of women that has been there! This is something to see if you have the time. Don't miss the story about the woman who ate glass!!!

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Star, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been to the old pen quite a number of times over the years and it is always interesting. We learn something new each visit.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a great day with minimal cost. Family with children would enjoy a short visit. Adults would want to be there longer than young children. My wife and I loved the experience and took many photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very cool to see all the places in the prison, and to read about it. It was a little creepy, but I didn't feel anything paranormal.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Old Pen in the fall. It is one of the better times to visit. The short movie they show is quite interesting and gives you a great heads up of what you will see when you are on the walking part of your visit. It is hard to imagine living in this environment. Take advantage of the... More 

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