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Texas Prison Museum

Huntsville, TX
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

For anyone interested in the justice system, this is a great place to visit. Lots of history, including famous and infamous prisoners, an actual jail cell, the first electric chair (eerie to see), prison & guard clothing, actual guns used by guards, actual weapons and shims made by prisoners that were confiscated, interesting art carvings and boardgames made by inmates... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well curated museum with collection of artifacts and photos. Sobering reminder of the history and challenges of the corrections system.

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Miami, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Small Museum, 4 USD entry fee and you can see the electric chair. It's bizarre that you can buy a book with the recipes that that the cook of the corridor of the dead cooked and it's bizarre to see pictures with the last words that the inmates said before to die.

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Houston, Texas, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After all the years of making the long drive between Houston and Dallas, we finally made the stop in Huntsville with our teenagers to see the prison museum. Its small and easy to see in 30 minutes but you could easily stay longer if you read everything. I couldn't believe how many items they had from Bonnie & Clyde; pistols,... More

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Huntsville, Texas
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140 reviews 140 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum holds an unbelievable amount of history. It covers a long period of history concerning the old prison rodeos, criminals from the 30's, relics and very interesting history. You will see a detailed model of the ''Walls" unit and many more displays. The entrance fee is reasonable and well worth the self tour.

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Irving, Tx
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Inexpensive admission fee. Very informative and interesting. Some museums hold your interest on some of the exhibits. Not this one. Everything here is fascinating. A small museum with a large amount of history. Well worth a visit.

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Houston, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had heard that the Texas Prison Museum was interesting from others so I made arrangements for a group to check it out. Once arriving I thought it might be small and not that great - boy, was I wrong. It may not be a large museum, but with all the artifacts, historical importance you can easily lose track of... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This little gem sits right off I-45 in the shadows of numerous Texas prisons. It contains a fascinating collection of Texas prison relics, historical artifacts, stories, and interactive displays. Some areas will amaze you, others will give you chills. The layout and displays make for an easy and engaging tour. Be sure to check out the gift shop for some... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Was very interesting little tour. Price was below 10 per person. Small place but is definitely different. You can even purchase items made by the local inmates

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Houston, Texas, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It's right off I-45 and a terrific stop on a road trip. It's relatively small -easy to do in an hour - could do the highlights in 30 minutes. Has a nice restroom and a fun collection of tshirts and prisoner made gifts for sale. We took two 8 year old boys. They found it interesting and loved getting "locked... More

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