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$1 Day at the Old Idaho PenitentiarySpecial Events :: Annual Event also Education :: Misc
$1 Day at the Old Idaho Penitentiary
12:00 PM
Old Idaho Penitentiary
December 14 marks the 44th anniversary of the Old Idaho Penitentiary being open to the public as a historic site and museum! Join us between Noon and 5:00pm (last admission at 4:15pm) for $1 admission, presentations and guided tours or self-guided exploration through 101 years of Idaho and prison history.

The prison first housed inmates in 1872 when it served the Idaho Territory. It became the Idaho State Penitentiary after Idaho’s statehood in 1890. 13,000 inmates called the penitentiary home at one time or another, including over 200 women, and inmates as young as ten and eleven years old. Today their stories are told through a wide variety of special exhibits and preserved cell house structures that allow guests to experience a taste of mid-century life as an inmate. The site also includes the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit, a world class collection of historic arms and armament dating back to the Bronze Age and featuring brand new exhibits on the war efforts of Idahoans during World War I.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Old Idaho Penitentiary
Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, ID 83712-8254
Phone: 208-334-2844

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