Visit the Old Idaho Penitentiary

Updates for Reopening

June 5-8: Join us for Make Hunger History! Experience the Old Idaho Penitentiary as you drive through our historic 1931 Sally Port gate, with donations benefiting Idahoans in need through St. Vincent de Paul and the Idaho Foodbank. More information here.

Beginning June 12:
Site admission begins June 12, with timed entry available to 50 visitors per hour.

Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase admission online before visiting.

Please note:
– Walk-up admission is available only when timed entry is not at capacity.
– Online or card payments are recommended for a safe and smooth admission process.
– Guests must arrive within 15 minutes of their timed entry. Guests arriving early will be asked to wait. Visitors arriving late are not guaranteed admission and may need to wait until the next available hour.
– Admission is currently self-guided only. Staff will be available to answer questions and encourage safe practices, including social distancing.
– Visitors are highly encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing when exploring the site.
– Guests are advised to space themselves out and avoid forming large groups in confined spaces.
– Some exhibits and buildings may be closed for the health and safety of staff and visitors.

These updates are contingent upon the Governor’s “Idaho Rebounds” stages of reopening plan.

About the Old Idaho Penitentiary:

The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West’s most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history with a visit to Solitary Confinement, cell blocks, and the Gallows.

The site features thirty historic buildings and special exhibits including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit, a collection of historic weaponry. Events and programs provide families, school groups, and visitors an opportunity to relive the Old Pen’s exciting past of daring escapes, scandals and executions.