Old Idaho Penitentiary Events
Frightened Felons event
Photo Credit: Old Idaho Penitentiary
The Old Idaho Penitentiary features several signature events throughout the year that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Events are engaging, fun, educational, and focus on a variety of topics.
Friday the 13th
Bundle up and join us for tours, a screening of the Ghost Adventures episode filmed on site, our seasonal exhibit "Pardon Me, It's Christmas" about special Christmas pardons and escapes, as well as a special showing of our Myths and Misunderstandings video. Complimentary hot chocolate available. Admission fees are: $5 Adults and $3 Kids. No other discounts apply and tickets available at the door. Brief guided tours are available at: 5:45, 6:15, 6:45 and 7:15. Guided tours have a limited capacity (30 people) so arrive early and dress warm...really warm!
Open 5:30pm - 9:00pm with LAST ADMISSION at 8:00pm
Call 208-334-2844 if you have any other questions or concerns!
Make Hunger History - 1/2 off Admission
In January 2014, help lock up hunger and participate in our 3rd Annual Make Hunger History Food Drive! Bring 2 canned food or non-perishable food items and receive 1/2 off admission! All food items will be donated to the Idaho Foodbank.
Escaping Hunger Celebrity Event: To be announced. The third annual "Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips" will be presented by the Friends of the Historical Museum. Stay tuned for more information.
Romancing the Pen
To be announced.
6th Annual "Caged Inspiration" Poetry Contest- April 2014(Month-long)
April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the Old Idaho Penitentiary is sponsoring the 6th Annual "Caged Inspiration" Poetry Contest. To be announced.
Summer - Brown Bag Lecture Series
This series includes twelve lectures by celebrated experts on unique aspects of Idaho history, covering a wide range of topics of interest to a variety of age groups. The Brown Bag lectures take place the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. From June through August they take place at the Old Idaho Penitentiary and September through May the lectures take place at the Idaho State Historical Museum.
The Brown Bag Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Historical Museum. Regular admission fees apply. Friends of the Museum and ISHS members are free.
Singing in the Slammer Karaoke Night
To be announced.
Ever want to sing the prison blues? Don’t escape your chance to enjoy karaoke, a self-guided tour, pizza, snacks, wine and beer behind prison walls. Stay tuned for more information!
Typically the last full weekend in October, our annual Frightened Felons Event, invites you to tour the site at night and dare to enter the only haunted cell house in Boise, with special performances of the Zombie "Thiller" Dance, costume contests with cash prizes, follow our inmate death map, give our prison themed games a try, interact with actors portraying inmates of the past, enjoy food trucks like Free Range Pizza and Saint Lawrence Gridiron, coffee and hot cocoa by Dutch Bros., snacks from the Bishops House and so much more. On Family Night all ages are welcome. Adult Night is +18 ONLY (I.D. required) and Crooked Fence slings their local brews and the Friends of the Museum are out serving wine. The event is 7-11pm both nights and last admission is at 10pm. THIS EVENT SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR! Be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Open Late on October 31
Bring the family out for extended hours at the Old Idaho Penitenitiary! Enjoy the Old Pen and its creepy history during on All Hallows' Eve. Extended hours are from 5:00pm-9:00pm (LAST ADMISSION: 8pm). We will have treats for Trick-or-Treaters, while supplies last. Regular admission rate applies.
November Friday Night Tours
We will be open after hours from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (LAST ADMISSION: 9:00). There will be guided tours on the half hour starting at 6:30. Last tour leaves at 8:30 p.m. The tours will discuss the history of the Old Pen including escapes, executions, and infamous inmates. You are also welcome to do a self-guided tour and explore the Old Pen on your own! Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather! Cost is $10 (all ages but recommended for 10 and up).
For more information contact (208) 334-2844.