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Address: Hamiltongatan 1 & 3 | On the south side of Gavlean, beside Gavle castle, Gavle 802 66, Sweden (Formerly Sveriges Fangelsemuseum / The Prison Museum of Sweden)
Phone Number: 46 26 65 44 30
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Description: Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings...
Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings. Follow history from the old castle jail with its underground dungeons, dating back to the mid-1600s, to one of Sweden’s first penitentiaries, dating from 1847. You will witness the Swedish prison system, which developed from a period of public enforced shame and corporal punishment to a time when prisoners were isolated from society in what we now call solitary confinement. A visit to the Prison Museum leaves no one unaffected. When you visit the museum, borrow an audioguide in english or german for free!
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A great job have been done creating the dolls within the museum and the way the presentation is done using headphones and a portable unit. Definitely a must see when visiting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Taby, Sweden
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Taby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A great job have been done creating the dolls within the museum and the way the presentation is done using headphones and a portable unit. Definitely a must see when visiting Gävle.

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Gävle, Gävleborgs Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The best is to buy ticket for ghoust tour when you do, for the price you also can come back to see the museum the next two days. The tour is between 6 and 8 and it is great. Actors are really scary. Perfect make up and acting. You get scared when not expected. Very, very well done. Worth the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

At first glance I thought that I'm going to see a great and impressive history about this place but it turned out that half of the museum was transformed into gov offices. And only a small portion was remaining for the museum to exhibit. However the small tour didn't take more than 15 mins to see the whole museum. The... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Two buildings to visit, the holding area for prisoners and the cells themselves, great history for all ages, being english you are given headphones telling you the stories of the prisoners, very informative

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Milton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Take the time to see this place. We enjoyed the museum very much and it is easy to get around. Lots of interesting history and fun to compare to what we have in the US.

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Beijing
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

A whirlwind history of prison life from the 18th century on, all inside a former prison. In the first section, you get a sense of the claustrophobic conditions of those times. The English language audio-guide, included with admission, is informative. However, much of the exhibit signage is in Swedish. Understandable, seeing as how we're in Sweden, but you miss out... More 

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Gävle, Gavleborgs Lan, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Visited the Museum with my son, we had a good few hours wandering the modern and old jails. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We had a very informative tour. Well worth the look, interesting and entertaining.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Interesting. Worth visit. It takes you through history of penal system in Sweden.

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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

First time there with classmates, the person who guide us was so nice and give us good information about the place and the story behind it. Nice for those who never been in prison museum before so you can learn something new. Right when I get inside I can feel "something", scarry but so informative :)

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Gavle, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

17th centuary prison with fascinating storys of the prisonsystem of those days.

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