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Old Idaho Penitentiary

2445 E Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712-8254
+1 208-334-2844
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went for the halloween tour it was so amazing

my girlfriend and i decided to go around halloween time and take the tour had so much fun.it was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
james b
via mobile
A must see

During a family stay, I visited the penitentiary with my son in law and two grandchildren, 11 and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen L
Portland, Oregon
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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 good36%
  • 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 yesterday via mobile

my girlfriend and i decided to go around halloween time and take the tour had so much fun.it was scary and fun all at the same time.i highly recommend people making the trip there and have some fun

Thank james b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

During a family stay, I visited the penitentiary with my son in law and two grandchildren, 11 and 6. All of us were totally engaged during our two hour visit. I definitely suggest the tour! One learns so much about history, conditions and other trivia....More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very interesting visit. We did the self guided tour but they have lots of information printed around the facility to keep us informed. Interesting for all ages and even if you can't climb stairs you can see most of the buildings. Interesting...More

Thank Marilyn P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Idaho Penitentiary is like walking back in time to the old west and early 20th century. The tour guides are very well versed in the sites history plus you get the added twist of "Ghost Stories and Haunted Tales" to spice up the excursion...More

Thank kevinthomas2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a tour with Sahy(hope it´s correct) and he was knowledgeable and so entertaining, it was obvious that he likes his job. There is a lot of history here and some of it is pretty gruesome. We walked around after the tour and to...More

Thank JensogSetta
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was fascinating. I took the guided tour, which was only 6 bucks. We got to see the actual cells where inmates were housed, with the original blankets on the beds etc. It was cool to be able to go inside and also in solitary...More

Thank Marla M
Reviewed 4 days ago

A lot of interesting history here -- some very young inmates housed here (one 9-year old) with intriguing stories. Supposedly haunted, but didn't see any ghosts (thank goodness!).

Thank joyw753
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best done with a guided tour to find out more of the history such as the fire that killed several. Love visiting, but wish had a little more information posted at some of the buildings. The history is great

Thank Sara F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a cool tour. Plenty of stories were told and the place was a bit scary, but with a lot of people there it was a bit less.

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My kids loved freely walking around the grounds! Great history and learning to gain for all ages! Staff was kind and helpful! Recommend sending a couple hours and bringing water as it does get hot!

1  Thank renae0228
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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.
10 January 2016|
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I did not see any.