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Address: 201 North 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone Number: 719 269-3015
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Educational Afternoon

We liked that it was a self lead tour with headphones to take the tour at your own pace. The gift shop had a lot of really cool books and the few items that were actually made by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We liked that it was a self lead tour with headphones to take the tour at your own pace. The gift shop had a lot of really cool books and the few items that were actually made by the inmates of the Canon City Territorial Prison. Check it out!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

this was ok but not sure I would do it again. staff are so friendly and informative. This is worth the stop if you are interested in the Prison History! . Otherwise, skip it.

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Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Museum in what used to be the women's prison. No extra charge for audio tour. Very informative about history of prisons in Colorado. Also just creepy enough (less than Alcatraz). Allow an hour.

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Lansing, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The only reason I went was because my spouse works in a prison. Otherwise, skip it. The curation of the exhibits is well executed (no pun intended). It's just a creepy old prison building with a bunch of news paper clippings. Price is a bit steep for that kind of little place. I've been to actual historic landmakrs for less... More 

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Morrison, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Having worked for the Dept. for 12 years, I felt that we needed to visit and see who the old days of prison life were like and this old prison turned museum was very intersesting, and had lots of stories to tell, the memorablilia and the gas chamber were something that most of the outside world would not normally see.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My teenage boy Absolutely Loved the prison tour. Neat and kind of creepy. We had to rush through things and I wish we'd had more time. We travel through canon city often, however and will stop next time when we have more time. We recommend it!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was a very interesting tour. It was very informative and the employees were very knowledgeable not only in this prison but the one in Florence, Colorado.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Reasonably priced. Really enjoyed the free audio tour. Each cell display offered a different subject on the past/present: Inmates, staff, programs, problems, solutions. Friendly staff. A very interesting stop on our New Years Eve trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Very reasonable prices. All of the displays are in the individual cells of the Women's Cell Block that has been turned into the museum. The museum is located next to the territorial prison. Very informative about the early prison system and the riot of 1929.

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Housed in the once womens part of the prison this museum provides an insight in to the world of the incarcerated. Very interesting displays of prisoners past and their deeds. We can thouroughly recommend a visit if you are in Canon City

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