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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 North 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212
719 269-3015
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Canon City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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Canon City, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed this tour as it talked about what it was really like for convicts in earlier times. It also had a lot of information on the violence that occurred there. This is an unusual place, do not go if you are going to spend a few minutes there. It takes longer than that to truly get a fell for... More

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Erie, Colorado
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We enjoyed this museum for more than an hour this morning before boarding the Royal Gorge Route Train. It was so interesting to learn prison history and see 32 actual cells, contraband, riot details & so much more. We were able to show our children the isolation cell "little Siberia". They are 8 & 9 yrs old Both of them... More

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Forney, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I love history so I really liked this. My 9 yr old daughter also liked this museum. She learned lots. I wouldn't say go way out of your way to see this but if your in area I would say go see this. There is many interesting things you would learn going there. There are lots of stairs out front... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is a very different museum -- a prison museum. Worth a visit if you have some time but would not recommend it as a top attraction.

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Englewood, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is definitely worth stopping in. I am not much of a history buff but I found this very interesting. The price is reasonable and it's worth the extra for the headsets. You can take as much time or little as you like. I would say an hour is average.

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Denver
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23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was a spur of the moment stop as we traveled along Hwy 50 thru Canon City, CO. The audio tour is included in the price and the displays are in the actual cells of this former Women's prison. To be truthful, it was a little unsettling to park in the lot and hear the actual announcements in an active... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stopped by here on my way out of Canon City upon the advice of the owners of iLean Ride Co, who pointed the museum out to me during my segue tour. The prison museum was very interesting; you have a choice between an audio tour or a self-guided book tour. I chose the latter and was glad I did... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Disturbing and enlightening at the same time. I learned a lot about the human side of justice, can't say it was particularly enjoyable. I would recommend it for adults only.

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Duncan, Canada
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

So much information that a person normally doesn't hear about. From prison breaks, prison movies and actual cells, this was a very worthwhile visit.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Couldn't believe how it was then. Couldn't imagine being in that jail. Lots of information to read and see.

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