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  • Paint Night at ISM: Fall into Idaho
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    There is a reason that the word “art” is in “party!” Come ready for a good time during the Idaho State Museum’s next paint night. “Fall into Idaho” with this historic and fall-colored scene. We will be painting “en plein air,” which is the act of painting outdoors in our historic Pioneer Village.

    No painting or art experience necessary. Recommended for ages 13+. Come ready to create, laugh, and connect while painting a special art piece to remind you of this memorable night for years to come.

    Registration Cost: $30 per person, $55 for two ($15 per member, $30 per member + guest)

    Registration per person includes:

    • Lightly pre-sketched, 14”x18” canvas
    • All acrylic paint colors needed
    • Paintbrushes, water cup, palette, and paper towel
    • Inspirational “Fall into Idaho” image for reference
    • History “lesson” and related images
    • Step-by-step painting lesson – Virtually or on-site! You choose at registration!
    • Games and activities throughout the evening

    Tickets are non-transferable. Idaho state Historical Society event tickets are not eligible for refund. Minimum class size is 4 people.

  • Captivating Conversations: Disturbing Justice
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    See the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s newest exhibit, “Disturbing Justice,” then join the Old Idaho Penitentiary team for a discussion of the site’s major riots and disturbances at locations in the site where the events occurred! Doors open at 5:30pm. Admission is $6 per person, and FREE for Idaho State Historical Society Members.

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    “Disturbing Justice” tells the story of the major riots and disturbances that took place at the Idaho State Penitentiary through brand new, local, graphic novel-style artwork. We are excited to share these complicated, thought-provoking, and increasingly relevant stories with visitors.

    “Captivating Conversations” is a new lecture series, hosted by the Old Idaho Penitentiary and featuring a variety of guest speakers and topics ranging from the history of the Idaho State Penitentiary to the issues facing correctional institutions today.

  • SOLD OUT – Paranormal Investigation – September 26, 2020
    9:15 PM to 2:00 AM

    September 25, 2020 (9:15pm-2:00am) Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past.

    This event is Sold Out! Ticket sales for our October 17 Paranormal Investigation begin on Monday, September 14 at 10:00am.

    Participants must be at least 18 years old (ID required).

  • Night Tours
    7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

    Friday, October 2 (7:00pm-11:00pm, last admission 10:15pm). Join us as we kick off Locktober with nighttime self-guided tours of the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
    $10 per person or 2 for $15.

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    Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. This event is recommended to guests 13 and older due to mature content and site safety hazards.

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

  • Buried Secrets: Cemetery Tours
    12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Saturday, October 3 (12:00pm-9:00pm). Experience a unique tour of the prison and its rarely seen inmate cemetery. Unlock the mysteries of the dead with us as guides explore where inmates died, what their final moments were like, and where they are laid to rest. Discover why more than half the cemetery is riddled with “Unknown” markers (or often no markers at all) and why some names cannot be found in any prison register.

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    Your Cemetery Tour ticket also entitles you to a copy of the information booklet, “Buried Secrets: Inmates of the Idaho State Penitentiary Cemetery.” Cemetery Tour tickets include admission to the Old Idaho Penitentiary site and exhibits.

    Cemetery Tours are offered each hour on the hour from 12:00pm to 8:00pm (last admission). Guests must be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 13+ due to graphic content. Tickets are $12 each and FREE for Idaho State Historical Society Members!

    Part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Locktober 2020 celebration, all October!

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