Old Idaho Penitentiary

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  • Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712, USA, 83712, United States
  • Timings: 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2083342844
  • Fax: +1-2083343225
  • Ticket Price: 6 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Exhibition , Social, Arts, Museums

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Old Idaho Penitentiary

  • 80.34% of people who visit Boise include Old Idaho Penitentiary in their plan

  • 57.98% of people start their Old Idaho Penitentiary visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Old Idaho Penitentiary

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Idaho Penitentiary

People normally club together Boise Greenbelt and Idaho State Capitol while planning their visit to Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise Reviews

  • This Open-air Museum is packed with history about the Old Idaho Penitentiary; incarceration in Idaho; prison life; famous prisoners; escapes, and much more. It's fascinating to walk into the cell blocks and see the actual living conditions. There is a 4-cell death row with a nearby execution chamber (hanging). The exhibits include signage in English, so you can walk about at your own pace. There is an entrance fee, with some discounts available. The grounds and buildings are not particularly wheelchair-friendly. Many doorways are narrow. There are many stairs and curbs and only a few ramps. There are also many spots with low headroom. Tall people might need to duck their heads! We were able to duck indoors and keep dry through the sporadic rain showers on the fine spring day we visited. Parking was on a muddy lot, and with the rain it was really sticking to your shoes.

  • Take a guided tour of this historical place! It's a great day activity! Feel like exploring? You can do that too! You can opt to just explore the old penitentiary yourself without a tour guide! Make sure you see the only inmate buried within the walls of the prison. You will not regret it!

  • Interesting place to visit with lots to look at. They have guides that tell you all about the history of the buildings and their inhabitants. At the time of writing there was an exhibition of different weapons throughout history which made it that much more fun. Would definitely recommend paying a visit if you're in the area.

  • We actually got to walk through the prison. There are well written facts all over the place. They didn't sugar coat anything; you really get a feel for what it was like to be there. We stayed in the prison for over 3 hours. Super interesting!!

  • This is an interesting piece of history. I recommend going with the tour to get the interesting details. If you are a local or have young kids i would avoid. The material is dry for kids, and if you've been before once is more than enough.

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