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Old Idaho Penitentiary

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Take the tour, it's worth it.

I was surprised by how well I liked the prison. Not to stay of course. By taking the tour we got... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mike G
Boise, Idaho
Great stop for all ages

We enjoyed learning about and wondering the grounds and buildings. There are some hikes close by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Richland, Washington
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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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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed learning about and wondering the grounds and buildings. There are some hikes close by too.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ahomer55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank uimike
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Rich B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RichardBoise
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

going here was an eye opening experience and enjoyed the whole day coming here and seeing this place along with the Idaho Gem Museum. spemd the day just enjoying each others company

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TINYTIMM1963
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

Interesting self guided tour. Great guns museum. Through in a little hike into the foothills afterwards.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jeff N
Reviewed November 5, 2018

If you have time, well worth visiting. Surprising aspect was discovering the site was used to test roses!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Steven K
January 27, 2018|
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Response from Old Idaho P |
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
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.
Camille B
April 15, 2017|
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Response from W6708JVlarrys | Reviewed this property |
Most of the tour is at ground level on level paved surface. one or two areas are up stairs, but you can go around them. If you go during summer, check the temp. and bring a bottle of water.