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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Very interesting to learn about past inmates and their crimes. Tour guide was excellent. Cool... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Calvin B
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Horrible to think of serving "time" here.

Very educational to see how the inmates lived during their days in this old penitentiary. Where... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dennis C
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting to learn about past inmates and their crimes. Tour guide was excellent. Cool exhibits. Worth the price

Thank Calvin B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very educational to see how the inmates lived during their days in this old penitentiary. Where they lived before meeting the gallows.I was with a fourth grade class and the tour was abreviated for the time. However, we saw a cell block that had a...More

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Old Idaho Penitentiary Museum is very interesting and unique, even though a bit macabre, since it includes stories of the inmates and ghosts who have haunted its cells and courtyards during a century in which it was first an Idaho Territorial Prison and then...More

Thank 43rdState
Reviewed 4 days ago

For what it is, this site is interesting for history buffs. It is pretty boring otherwise. I would not bring children as they wouldn't understand the significance of the site.

Thank GatorDee
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited here on a trip to boise and could not believe how incredible this place is, they have both self guided tours which is what we did as well as guided tours...I highly recommend seeing this place if you ever get...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been living in the Boise area for 11 years and finally checked out the Old Idaho Penitentiary. This place provided a neat adventure for the family. We got there just in time for a guided tour and our tour guide was very informative and...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was like traveling back in time. Interesting stories, great history, and just enough creepy to keep you with the group. Our tour guide's grandfather was a guard, so she added a sprinkling of family lore to the mix of him inviting released men home...More

Thank Annette C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a fun and educational way to spend a few hours. There's an amazing amount of history here. If you can make it to one of the special events with presentations, entertainment, and occasional "lock-ups", don't miss out. Awesome!

Thank adventuresomewhere
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our tour guide and the stories she told. My husband loved the gun area. I had to drag him out of there. Very good learning experience. I do wish the gift shop was a tad larger and had a few more "one...More

Thank moma00
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It may sound very strange that I like this place. But, the history is great on the state of idaho. I have done the fright night as a volunteer and the paranormal investigation in the summer. This is a place you have to see.

Thank Kim T
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Response from Bill A | Reviewed this property |
It is self guided so you can really stop when you like. To walk and enjoy all the areas figure 2 -3 hours.
11 January 2016|
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