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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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LOVE the old Pen

I have visited the old Pen so many times, I could be a tour guide. I enjoy it every time, and I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Alex W
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History right in our backyard!

If you're looking for something fun to do and learn something was well, the Old Pen is a great... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ndvillanueva
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Boise, Idaho
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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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2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 days ago

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 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We participated in a tour led by Gus, and it was awesome. Gus' passion for the material makes the tour fly by. A great way to learn about the local history of Boise.

Thank dboal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent hours roaming this penitentiary, as there are so many buildings and things to see! While we did not take one of the guided tours, the map they gave us was very helpful and we were able to walk from building...More

Thank frostygoth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the old penitentiary a few times over the past 17 years in Idaho. I discover something new and interesting every time. A great place to take visiting friends and family. Just be sure to go on a warmer day. Many areas are already...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only could you hike lovely trails to major vistas, you could explore what it was like to be locked up last century.

Thank eljay2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw this place on Ghost Adventures and visited. Got scared when I was in Siberia!! Very cool to see the history here and see how people used to be kept in this old prison.

Thank Leeann M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scared straight. Been to Alcratez, now seen Idaho’s prison. Both are frightening. Never understood why people did not stay on the straight and narrow after going to prison. The Idaho prison is fascinating just to see the efforts it took to keep the men in...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like old prisons, don't miss this one. I found it better than Alcatraz. Great historical site. You can walk in and out of solitary confinement, cell blocks, and even death row and the gallows. Check it out.

Thank 763bobb
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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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