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.
Old Idaho Penitentiary reviews
All good, through not very easy wheelchair access. A chance to see real prison life as it was 100 years ago.
All good, through not very easy wheelchair access. A chance to see real prison life as it was 100 years ago. more »
We had a super good tour guide. I forgot his name but ask for the guy who LOVES this place and all its history. He knew millions of stories and really brought the tour to life. If you come at a time..... more
We had a super good tour guide. I forgot his name but ask for the guy who LOVES this place and all its history. He knew millions of stories and really brought the tour to life. If you come at a time..... more »
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😁
Awesome place to wander the grounds and learn a little history. The weapon museum on site is awesome as well! Dusty grounds and some stairs if you're feeling adventurous, so I don't recommend wearing sandles. Spent about an hour and a half here to see the main structure but there were more surrounding buildings we didn't get to.
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