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We visited with our kids, ages 10 & 12. We enjoyed the self guided tour and learned more than we expected. It took us just under 2 hours to see the whole penitentiary.
I loved looking at the old jail cells and reading about the history of the penitentiary. The jail is very well preserved and the information will be hold the attention of people of all ages. It seemed like a campus of different types of cells where different inmate would be…
The Old Idaho Penitentiary is a fascinating slice of life of Idaho (and America). The grounds have been kept in roughly the condition they were left in 50 years ago when the penitentiary was abandoned for the new state prison. Be sure to take one of the guided tours (no extra…
A lot more than just a historical prison. The Idaho transportation museum is there with lots of old wagons and other vehicles. The prison contains a huge display of firearms from different eras and wars. The State Geological Society museum is also located in the old prison. …
The Old Idaho Penitentiary is an interesting historical site in Boise. It is a good place for a picnic and offers access to a trail that leads to Table Rock overlook above the Boise Valley. It is a good place for a family picnic. If a tour of the Penitentiary is on your…