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Old Idaho Penitentiary

  • Address 2445 Old Penitentiary Road
    Boise, Idaho 83712
  • Hours
    12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Phone 208-334-2844

Visit Old Idaho Penitentiary

Plan Your Visit


The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West’s most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience more than 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history with a visit to solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. The site features 30 historic buildings and special exhibits including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit which displays 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.

Open Daily: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Summer hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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