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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address: 201 North 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone Number: 17192693015
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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This is a very interesting museum. It shows from back in the day to current. An experience to see when you are in Canon City, CO.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting museum. It shows from back in the day to current. An experience to see when you are in Canon City, CO.

Thank BCSurvivor07
verde valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

it is an interesting visit, but then you have to stop and remember people spent years of their lives in this place. its a good rainy day activity.

Thank arizona-mark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The museum is housed in what was the women's prison of Colorado. In each cell was a different exhibit. Very well organized and put together. It is definitely worth a visit.

Littleton, Colorado
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Surprisingly interesting museum. We were in the area on a rainy day and stopped in to see it. We found it very interesting and informative. Its attached to a prison currently in use. As we went up the stairs to the museum we could a guard in the tower above. The displays were very detailed and fully explained life in... More 

Thank Autoxer
Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is another of those interesting, slightly out of the way places you can easily drive past. Don't. The early history of the penal system is presented is a highly educational and informative manner. Too much to see for this evaluation. Go visit it yourself.

Thank debandmac
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143 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

We read about this in Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try. It was really interesting and especially so, since it is within about 50 feet of a real functioning prison. I recall many of the names of some of the infamous prisoners and the missteps that landed them in prison, or the state gas chamber. This was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This museum is at a very high quality with the life and times of prisoners today and yester year. The staff at the front counter were very informative and knowledgeable. This attraction is a must if visiting Canon City.

Thank classicq
Alabaster, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We took a chance on this museum and are glad we did. We paid seven dollars each and spent about an hour doing the self guided tour. Very interesting peek into the workings of a prison going back 80 years. I'm glad we stopped. The staff was a bit snarky and could use a lesson in dealing with the public.

Thank AutieGirl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

An excellent way to view past prison methods and accommodations. Our group spent nearly three hours visiting the museum. So much to see!! Inmates live in luxury now compared with past practices.

Thank Colorado619
Eufaula, Alabama
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Fascinating history and exhibits which are well done. Many years are covered in a well defined manner.

Thank C K

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