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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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This museum was a big surprise and we really enjoyed it. We were on the way to the Royal Gorge and wanted another activity so we stopped here. It was well worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This museum was a big surprise and we really enjoyed it. We were on the way to the Royal Gorge and wanted another activity so we stopped here. It was well worth the visit.

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Aalst, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It is an interesting small female prison museum, worth a visit. It gives a good idea on how life was in the prison.

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Nathrop, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had wanted to stop at this museum for some time now and finally had the chance a few days ago. Although it is housed in a former prison for women and is adjacent to a Colorado State Maximum Security Prison, it is a private, non-profit organization, that seems to be run close to the edge, so there is nothing... More 

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I visited this museum with my youngest son who is a Police officer. I had been before and thought he would be interested. That was certainly the case. We spent a good couple of hours looking at the exhibits. Well worth a visit

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Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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