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Texas Prison Museum

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Address: 491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
Phone Number: (936) 295-2155
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric...

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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This is a good museum to visit

I visited here on 01/25/2016. I was in Huntsville for business and had some extra time so I toured the museum and its exhibits. They entry fee is $5. It begins with a film... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Austin, TX
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Austin, TX
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235 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here on 01/25/2016. I was in Huntsville for business and had some extra time so I toured the museum and its exhibits. They entry fee is $5. It begins with a film presentation which lasts about 15 minutes and then you can walk around the museum and photograph the displays and exhibits. It's mostly self guided, but a... More 

Thank Chris500
Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It may sound gruesome and depressing but the museum is truly very interesting and a must see place. I would not recommend children under the age of 10 going. I just don't think a child should be introduced to information on major crimes that could hurt the thought process of a child. I could be very wrong but children should... More 

Thank I600XTjamesr
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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188 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pleasantly surprised at the displays and artifacts. This is everything you want to know about the history ot Texas prisons. Great model of the prison grounds. We rode downtown after our visit to see the actual prison. Several displays gave the details of famous people who have been in Texas prisons and the series of "last words" of condemned inmates... More 

Thank Rick N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter is a criminal justice major at SHSU. In the fall she was accepted into an internship that has her working in one of the prisons nearby...of course this makes me a bit nervous! But during the fall Family Weekend, she took me to the Prison Museum and gave me a very "personal" tour. The things that are there... More 

Thank Shelley C
Conroe, TX
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite an eye-opener. Many displays of "prison stuff" and photos of famous criminals. Lots of history of the prison is displayed, as well as an actual electric chair. Very informative.

Thank Goldilocks0613
Vidor, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admit it. You're curious. Who wouldn't be? Crime history fascinates. But be prepared. This is not fun. It's emotional and sad and beautifully done. You will leave with a heavy heart. Not for small children. I got a book called Last Meals about people on Death Row. Highly recommended but in small doses. Too sad and overwhelming to read much... More 

Thank sally8363
Mansfield, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting. Amazed at the prisoners work from crafting weapons to the intricate and detail furnishings they made. Didn't realize about the prison rodeo, growing up in NewOrleans. Small but filled.

Thank Melissa C
Ponder, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Small museum with varied and interesting exhibits. Old Sparky, prisoner art, cell replica, cemetery history, Prison Rodeo, famous prisoners, musicians & home made instruments. Excellent education resource on the Texas Prison system. We spent about 1.5 hours. Recommend for school age and up as many of the exhibits require reading. Best T-Shirt: "Huntsville - the original gated community"

Thank Anita W
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112 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here after picking kids up from camp and it was interesting. Takes about an hour to go through it they have a short movie, a jail you can go in and a few things to buy.

Thank KL214504
Midlothian, Texas
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Wow what a great little museum this is. From information of Bonnie and Clyde to "Old Sparky" the electric chair and all the guards and convicts in between. They even sell fine leatherwork done by the prisoners. As small as it looked from the outside we spent 2 hours inside. $5 adult admission with $1 discount for 60 and over... More 

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