Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise

Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712, USA

Phone: +1-2083342844

Ticket Price: 6 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details

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About Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise

A former prison, the place now serves as a popular tourist spot for travelers who wish to have a peek in its unique history that was once accompanied by some of the most notorious criminals of their time. The large penitentiary was erected in 18th century and is home to around 30 historic buildings with numerous rooms, solitary cellars, closed dungeons to rustic gallows. Known to host one of the most exclusive exhibitions of the city, the place, with its old artefacts, eerie vibes and intriguing stories of execution and escapes, leaves a lasting impression on anyone who visit it.

Old Idaho Penitentiary Information

  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Camera bags, tripod and other equipments are not allowed. The camera can be carried, though.

Old Idaho Penitentiary Ticket Prices

  • Senior (60+)- 4 USD
  • Child (6-12 yrs)- 3 USD
  • Free for children under 5.
  • Group discounts are available. Contact the authority for more info.

Old Idaho Penitentiary Opening and Closing Hours

  • Open 7 days of a week excluding most state holidays.
  • Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Earl Museum closes at 4:30 PM.
  • Admissions close forty-five minutes before the closing time.
  • Lock up begins at 4:45 PM.

Guided tours available-

  • Monday and Thursday - 2:30 PM (Depends on Volunteer’s availability)
  • Saturday and Sunday - 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM

How To reach Old Idaho Penitentiary by Public Transport

  • Bus Station: Old Penitentiary & Warm Springs
  • By Taxi
  • By Car

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  • Very interesting historic place to visit!! I hear it's fun to go through around Halloween as well. It would be interesting to do some paranormal searching here, if they allow that. It was fascinating and creepy all in one. 😊😊 The price was super reasonable as well!! It was a spur-of-the-moment stop on our trip and I'm glad we did. 😊

  • "Loving it" is not the right way to rate it. The impact touring the old prison leaves on you is enduring. Sobering is the word. Knowing the consequences of what is was like to land in that prison scares rebellion right out of you. Connect with the cold steel bars. Feel the chill of drab concrete and metal. Imagine trying to escape...

  • The tour is 6 dollars per adult. We decided to skip the tour and walked the outside grounds instead. I'm betting ghost hunters would love touring the cells. The out cropping buildings are works of art with their masonry giving a glimpse of the highlights inmates could enjoy.

  • Took the whole family and it was a great experience. We walked the whole property and let the 3 & 7 year old learn all about the history of the place. We took a self-paced walk and were able to get tons of history from the signage and great photo history throughout the buildings.

  • We had a surprisingly good time on the tour. I would recommend going on the guided tour to pick up more information. We had kids from 4th grade up to high school on this who enjoyed it. Ask for AAA discount too.

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