Old Idaho State Penitentiary

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The Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973 in the western United States, east of Boise, Idaho. The … See more

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May 7, 2024
Interesting to say the least. There's history here. The buildings are probably the best indication on how society handled felons through the years. I'm not preaching here, but the facility wasn't nea… Full review by TedRecupero
Apr 21, 2024
The Old Idaho Penitentiary is really cool but to me was not the main attraction on this site. Certainly it was well-done and engaging - especially all of the bios of the prisoners. And I absolutely w… Full review by Melissa H
Feb 29, 2024
The Old Idaho Penitentiary is a historic attraction that, as the name suggests, is a throwback to a time of the past. The admission to the grounds cost $8. There is a guided tour offered as well whic… Full review by Nostalgiyeah
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Opened:1872
Architect:Inmates
Architectural style:Romanesque

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How long does it take to tour the Old Idaho Penitentiary?
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We generally recommend at least an hour and half.
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Answer by Jacey B · Jun 6, 2021
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When do they do night tours of prison.
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We offer Paranormal Investigations several times throughout the year, from early spring to early fall. In November, we offer "Night Tours" and "Behind the Scenes Tours," two separate …
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We offer Paranormal Investigations several times throughout the year, from early spring to early fall. In November, we offer "Night Tours" and "Behind the Scenes Tours," two separate events hosted by the Old Idaho Penitentiary's staff during evening hours.
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Is there a parnormal tour. What r the hours and how much does it cost. My wife and i are come up for wknd trip from ohio …
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Is there a parnormal tour. What r the hours and how much does it cost. My wife and i are come up for wknd trip from ohio going to spring game wanted to see this site. Thx
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Never been to boise b4 wife loves mountains i love sports only for wknd in april what can we do. Food places around campus ect
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Is it wheel chair accessible?
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The grounds would be mostly accessible but many of the buildings have steps w/o ramps. even on the grounds, there are some minor steps and i'm not sure if there is a …
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The grounds would be mostly accessible but many of the buildings have steps w/o ramps. even on the grounds, there are some minor steps and i'm not sure if there is a workaround for them. you might want to contact the historical society that 'runs' the site and ask them directly. they have a good web site - travelocity doesn't allow me to post a web link but it should be very easy to find online.
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How long does the tour take?
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We spent about 90 minutes self-touring the prison and arms museum. We did it without a tour guide and we did not watch their movie. It can be quicker but they have some …
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We spent about 90 minutes self-touring the prison and arms museum. We did it without a tour guide and we did not watch their movie. It can be quicker but they have some interesting prisoner Bios and history boards to read.
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