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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address: 201 North 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone Number: 719 269-3015
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Former Colorado C/O

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Morrison, Colorado, United States
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Morrison, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Colorado Springs
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27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you've ever wondered about the history of a prison, this is the place to get a living education. Right next to the operating Territorial Correctional Facility. Great gift shop with really interesting books. Adults and kids will love it.

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Owatonna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Set up very well. You go on a self guided tour from cell to cell to read the history of the people who were in that actual cell or about others who had been in the prison. In these cells are actual items & articles of clothing used & worn by the guards and by prisoners. You then go down... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

In a state where prison is big business, this objective little museum is quite refreshing. Very frank about previous corruption and brutality but also conveys an era where inmates were treated more compassionately and had access to musical instruments, materials to decorate their cells and even a jukebox. Quite comprehensive and very thoughtful in recounting the history and also addressing... More 

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Dodge City, Kansas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What an interesting place. Full of history and culture. Canon City itself is a bit interesting. Went for an early morning jog and ran past there detainment facilities. The Museum was well kept, with friendly front counter help, and the self-guided book was easy to follow. Our middle school students had a blast looking into the eerie past of the... More 

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