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Old Idaho Penitentiary

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.

Please note:

  • Pre-purchasing admission online before arrival is strongly encouraged for ease of entry.
  • Based on updated guidance from the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask in our facilities. We ask visitors to follow current CDC guidance related to masking and physical distancing.
  • Admission is currently self-guided.
  • Staff are available throughout the site to answer questions and encourage safe practices.
  • All COVID-related restrictions are contingent upon the Governor’s “Idaho Rebounds” stages of reopening plan and local mandates.

HOURS

Monday-Sunday | 12 pm-5 pm
Last admission 4 pm

Summer Hours

Memorial Day through Labor Day:
10 am-5 pm

Closed Sunday, July 4

LOCATION

2445 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712

Free Parking Available

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Old Pen Exhibits

Events

Cemetery Tours, Paranormal Investigations, Scavenger Hunts, and more! View a list of annual and upcoming annual events and programs from the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Learn More

Old Idaho Penitentiary

Shop Online

Browse an array of unique, Idaho-inspired items from the Old Idaho Penitentiary's Souvenir Confinement store and the Idaho State Museum's M Store.

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