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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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  • Who would have thought an old penitentiary would be a highlight of Boise? Make sure you take the optional tour for an extra $2.00 to really appreciate the place. The tour lasted about 1 1\2 hours.....  more
    Who would have thought an old penitentiary would be a highlight of Boise? Make sure you take the optional tour for an extra $2.00 to really appreciate the place. The tour lasted about 1 1\2 hours.....  more »
  • Searched for the location of Idaho's "Merci Train Boxcar". Discovered it was located at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. We also explored the prison buildings and found the history very well told and... 
    Searched for the location of Idaho's "Merci Train Boxcar". Discovered it was located at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. We also explored the prison buildings and found the history very well told and...  more »
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  • 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😁
  • Very informative tour guide. Our guide was very animated with his stories about the prisoner life. Some of his stories have me goosebumps. After the tour when everyone left, we asked about if there have been any paranormal events. That's when it got really interesting. Highly recommended.

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