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Texas Prison Museum

Huntsville, TX
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Middlesex,England
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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Willis, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Incredible, you will see things you were never aware of, people that have been in prison here will suprise you. Execution styles and weapons built in the prison. It is small but you will want to spend alot of time here.

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London
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We popped in here for half an hour as that was the only time we had, I could happily have stayed longer. We were the only people there, the staff were so friendly, it was cheap to get in and really interesting. I loved the Prisonopoly! Worth a trip

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HOOVER
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

They are saying they will expand in the next year. There are a lot of interesting artifacts. I think what makes it most interesting is the prison across the street from it. The video needs to be updated, but other than that it's pretty cool.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Very extensive museum of the Texas prison system from 1846 the present. From uniforms and equipment to even "Old Sparky" the Texas electric chair. Worth the stop.

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

this is a great place to learn about prisons in Texas from the beginning of the state until current times. Interactive displays and knowledgeable guides. Well worth the time .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a small museum, but well worth a visit. There is an eight minute video about Texas prisons, a prison cell you can go in, and a lot of interesting things prisoners have made. My 11 year old loved it!

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Bogota, Colombia
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166 reviews 166 reviews
77 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We drove past it on our way from houston to dallas, so we decided to go in. It has a lot of info. Ok for the kids. Short and interesting. If you are driving by, do go in!

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