What You'll Get
- $10 for November Friday night tours for two ($20 value)
November Friday night tours take place on November 4th, 11th, and 18th, from 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.., with last admissions at 8:30 p.m. Old Pen staff will lead guided tours every half hour, but you’re welcome to tour the penitentiary on your own—be sure to bring a flashlight.
Photos provided by Clay Almquist.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 19, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. This guarantees admission to a self-guided tour but guided tours are available first come first serve basis. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Old Idaho Penitentiary
The Old Idaho Penitentiary used to be a place where outlaws and notorious criminals found themselves once their luck ran out. During its 101 years in operation, the penitentiary received more than 13,000 such inmates. Though the "Old Pen," as locals fondly refer to it, hasn't been used for its original purpose since 1973, it still stands as testament to the incarcerations that took place there.
- Size: The Old Idaho Penitentiary includes 30 historic buildings and special exhibitions spread across 4.5 acres.
- The Buildings: All of the structures at the Old Pen were built by inmate labor, and each comes with a story. The #5 House, for example, was a maximum-security facility reserved for death row and some of the most-hardened criminals, including murderers and sex offenders. Today, it still showcases its built-in gallows.
- Permanent Mainstay: Prison history and inmate biographies are on exhibit throughout the historic prison yard.
- Don't Miss: The Old Pen's rose garden sounds like a lovely spot to visit, and it is; however, it's also the site where six of the prison's 10 executions by hanging took place.