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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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A Trip Back in Time - Do It!

The Old Idaho Penitentiary is an astonishing piece of architecture, filled with history, and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pamela P
Morongo Valley, California
via mobile
Worth a visit!

We arrived not far from closing time, so we missed the tour opportunity, but that did not diminish... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tinley Park, Illinois
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Old Idaho Penitentiary is an astonishing piece of architecture, filled with history, and the stories of infamous characters. The Penitentiary, or at least the walls of the Penitentiary are constructed of local sandstone. The architecture is a far cry from the types of buildings...More

Thank Pamela P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived not far from closing time, so we missed the tour opportunity, but that did not diminish the experience. We still enjoyed exploring the many buildings and spaces. The place was basically taken out of operation decades ago and not "dressed up" much in...More

Thank LarryM295
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit this penitentiary and you can almost feels the inhabitants! I have visited this place 3 times and it is very interesting.

Thank rwjewett
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The penitentiary was very interesting. Most of the buildings have been well preserved and some spaces have been staged to show what they may have looked like over the years when it was open. Just the right amount of information to have to read (not...More

Thank Jonathan D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a reason that this location is highly rated. The tour guides provide a very informative tour of the penitentiary. Our tour guide was Taylor and she really went out of her way to answer questions. When she didn't have the answers, she found...More

1  Thank 5ontheroadagain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour, spent time seeing the whole place, didn't realize this place was open up until 1974. We loved the gun collection!

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Was here on a work trip and had some extra time to check things out. Originally saw this on the TV show Ghost Adventures. And let me tell you that it lived up to the hype! The best part is you learn about a piece...More

1  Thank Brett B
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

I have visited the old Pen so many times, I could be a tour guide. I enjoy it every time, and I learn something new every time. My favorite was a Valentines Day tour they had where letters from inmates to their loved ones- THAT...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 6 December 2017

If you're looking for something fun to do and learn something was well, the Old Pen is a great place to go! Its like stepping back in time and the cool thing is that you don't have to travel far to get there! I surprised...More

Thank ndvillanueva
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Not everything is about the penitentiary here, they have a really good military weapon exhibit there too! From medieval times swords to Gatling guns and pretty-much everthing in between, its all there to be seen up close. Oh yeah, you also get to see all...More

Thank Flyinhawaiian968
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Response from 358billa | 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.
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