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Texas Prison Museum

Huntsville, TX
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Ranked #3 of 14 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Tulsa, Oklahoma
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was a great stop for my family. Our 9 year old loved it as much as I did. There is so much history that I found fascinating. The volunteers and employees have done a wonderful job putting it all together. The number of artifacts exceeded my expectations and the kids loved getting to sit in the cell. My favorite... More

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457 reviews 457 reviews
175 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This place is just average but good if you're really interested in our prisons history, I loved all the gifts they sell here and specially the ones that clip on your belt and could have your name in, takes three to five days to put your name on since they're made by inmates so you need to order them in... More

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North Carolina
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120 reviews 120 reviews
23 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

New to the area. Scoped this place out. It's almost directly across I 45 from the Huntsville Prison. Cost is cheap, 4 bucks per person..cheaper for children. There are certain discounts that you may be eligible for...like AARP. This place shows the history of the Texas prison system. Several objects of historical interest such as a 1911 semi auto taken... More

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The museum displays the sad but necessary history of the Texas Prison System. The staff was very knowledgable and offer additional information when questioned. Visit the museum in less than two hours.

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Houston, Texas
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a great piece of TX history and not just prison history. It's a great place to make a day trip of. There are great replicas and originals of important letters, weapons and photographs. You can see what a jail cell looks like and see "Old Sparky", the first ever electric chair!

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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Went to the Texas Museum & came away with so much information about quite a few things,just as we got there we was told a talk about Bonnie & Clyde just starting the guy taking it new his stuff & told you so much about this topic,we then went into the museum which again was very good & informative all... More

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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We spent the morning with my daughter who is a college student at Sam Houston. I looked up things to do in Huntsville, and I thought the the Texas Prison Museum might be interesting. I was right! The museum is small but very informative. It was amazing to see all the art work and even the weapons the prisoners had... More

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