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Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise

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Experience what prison life was like for the most notorious criminals of Idaho's "Wild West" and the guards that worked there at Old Idaho Penitentiary. The prison first received inmates in 1872 and remained a functioning prison for 101 years, housing a total of 13,000 inmates. Walk through buildings like the dining hall, women's ward, and the maximum security area--Cell House 5--which served as Death Row. If you are feeling brave, lock yourself into one of the solitary confinement cells to better understand the harsh conditions of the prison's past. You can also take a guided tour. The facility is home to multiple exhibits, notably the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments, which features one of the nation's largest collections of military history from Medieval times, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Old Idaho Penitentiary is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • We arrived between tours so we walked around a bit first. There is a good amount of general history you can pick up without the tour but so much more, and specific details that come with the tour I... 
    We arrived between tours so we walked around a bit first. There is a good amount of general history you can pick up without the tour but so much more, and specific details that come with the tour I...  more »
  • Like something out of a movie and you're right there in the middle of it. It’s also weird to think about, as you’re walking around, how the Old Idaho Penitentiary was in use all the way to the early....  more
    Like something out of a movie and you're right there in the middle of it. It’s also weird to think about, as you’re walking around, how the Old Idaho Penitentiary was in use all the way to the early....  more »
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  • I have a family member that works here and we got a private tour. I loved it. Equal parts beautiful, educational, terrifying, and haunting. Definitely some spooky stuff but I highly recommend it if you're in the area and looking for something unique to do.
  • So awesome! So much history. Plus so much to explore. Best part is they let you your the prison by yourself, and have information plastered all over the place. Definitely worth the price. Gift shop is a tad speedy. But overall an amazing experience😁

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