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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 North 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212
719 269-3015
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Canon City
Type: Museums
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We stopped in 2 weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see. We didn't do the tour using headphones-just wandered at our leisure. And the little gift shop was even a bigger surprise. Who knew I would find the perfect pair of earrings in a prison museum!

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Denver, Colorado
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50 reviews 50 reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The museum is located in the former women's territorial prison. Each display is located in one of the former cells. Very informative on the history of the prison, wardens, and issues past and present with incarcerations.

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Clay Center, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This tour was very good! We chose to do the tour with the headphones. I'm glad we did. You can also choose to follow the tour with a book if your want to go at your own pace. I highly recommend!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Lots of photos, artifacts and even prisoner artworks. Sometimes I wondered, though, if there were some photos and information that are displayed insensitively in memorial.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I can highly recommend this attraction if you are in the neighborhood. The museum have a lot of interesting history to tell.

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Broomfield
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It's not a must see but it was interesting. Good history about prison system in early Colorado. Glad I went and did it.

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Woodson, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The museum is well-organized, well-kept, and contains a lot of history. I suggest the headphone tour, and it kind of sets the pace. There is a lot to see here, so plan on spending an hour and a half to maybe two hours or so taking everything in. I'd rank this as a must-stop if in town or traveling through.

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Canon City, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very very interesting. This is real early Colorado prison history, and some movies had been filmed about it and around it. Take time because each cell is outfitted the way it used to be with the most notorious ones history in the cell that they were put in. Don't forget to check out the electric chair. A fun place if... More

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colorado springs
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5 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

$7.00 gets you in the door and you can either take the tour with a booklet or headphones. There are a series of cells in a hallway that you go into and there are displays in each cell. Upstairs is the old dining and laundry. Its eerie knowing you are next door to the actual prison and can hear the... More

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We took many photos, had a chance to take some great shots out at the outdoor part of the trip, also used head phones inside to learn about the history of this prison

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