Old Idaho Penitentiary


With school vacation just around the corner, finding family summer activities that are fun and educational are plentiful in Idaho.


Under the umbrella of Idaho State Historical Society, a quirky idea is a family road trip to the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise. Opened in 1872, the penitentiary housed some of Idaho’s and the West’s most notorious criminals for over 100 years.


With thirty buildings including cell blocks, Solitary Confinement and Gallows, it is a museum to explore, pretend and learn about history.


Exhibits include:


      • Faces of the Idaho State Penitentiary- New exhibit featuring inmate faces from 50 states and 45 countries
      • WWI Idaho Forestry Soldiers
      • Crafty Cons- craft projects made by inmates
      • Marked Men- the history, method and meaning of tattooing
      • The Women’s Ward


Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day), Monday – Sunday, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.


https://history.idaho.gov/location/old-penitentiary/