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Old Idaho Penitentiary

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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Must be an historical prison buff

If you like prisons and history you will love this place. Full of history and ghosts this is an... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Annie19a
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Boise, Idaho
Event venue with a twist

The venue was rented for a private party for tourism businesses from NV State Don’t recall... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Michele E
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
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+1 208-334-2844
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you like prisons and history you will love this place. Full of history and ghosts this is an interesting place for you. Excellent tour guides. In the historical East End of Boise and close to downtown. Parking is excellent. Child friendly unless they are...More

1  Thank Annie19a
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The venue was rented for a private party for tourism businesses from NV State Don’t recall caterers name but food was excellent. The cells were used for a backdrop for each business which was clever however, they are in the same condition as when the...More

Thank Michele E
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visiting this prison was an interesting experience. We did the self guided tour. There were moments of fun, but it also was sobering realizing what actually took place behind those walls. There is ample information given to visitors about the facilities. Glad we were able...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went with a large group of families with children ranging from 6-12. The adults and kids were both entertained. We did not do a tour, just the “self-guided” which consisted of a paper map and you can go anywhere you like. We only had...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very interesting, a must do for first time visitors. I like that it was a go at your own pace. the store was cool. full of history.

1  Thank pattysuarez2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took self guided tour. Was nice to see the history of this site. Also a fun teasure hunt. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank seamusjm
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Old Idaho Penitentiary several years ago and it was nice to return. The visitor's center was informative and we proceeded on our self-guided tour. Its a "must see" especially if traveling with kids!

Thank Virginia T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really unique site — the original penitentiary built for Idaho and occupied for more than 100 years. Pretty vivid view of why folks wouldn’t have wanted to spend time here. See the actual gallows used, the isolation cells known as Siberia and a huge...More

Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter is a history buff and loves to take our out of town guest here for a tour! Lots to learn and see!

Thank Jessica K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good to know and understand details of this history place. People are nice, impressive to see how it was on those days.

Thank Carlaverastegui
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Steven K
January 27, 2018|
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Response from Debra L | Reviewed this property |
The paranormal tour is done only around Halloween. There may have been special access granted to Ghost Hunters for their TV show, but it's not a regular event. The Penitentiary has some places that are quite unsafe and the... More
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Steven K
January 27, 2018|
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Response from livetoride07 | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is one around Halloween on Friday's if I remember correctly.
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Camille B
April 15, 2017|
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Response from Walter S | Reviewed this property |
The Penitentiary is wheel chair accessible in some parts. The entire area is connected with pavement. However, there is a step to view inside one of the cells. There is also a Museum. If you take a look at the website... More
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