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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Old Sparkey

Texas prison museum has the old electric chair and several dioramas as well as information on the infamous guests at the prison.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Texas prison museum has the old electric chair and several dioramas as well as information on the infamous guests at the prison.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Spent an hour or so here. It's not a particularly large museum, but there are a range of interesting exhibits and stories. Worth a stop if you're in the area but I wouldn't go out my way to visit.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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25 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is a great attraction. LOTS of stories to read about the days of prison for many notorious wrong doers. There is a short video and lots of memorabilia.. including old sparky..the electric chair... plan to spend a few hours. $5 admission is a great price.

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Huntsville, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This little museum actually shows you some rather neat things from Old Sparky to contraband confiscated to things on Bonnie and Clyde. Doesn't take long to go through the place but is an excellent way to widdle a little time away and learn something new.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I've visited this place before I was a Corrections officer for Texas and was in aww reading the history of TDC. I also went again the day of my graduation and seen things a lot differently..Very interesting and a great learning experience.

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Trinity, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

How interesting and amazing! The gift shop was great and the displays were true to what prison life was in years past. Old Sparky is there on display too.

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Granby, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited the museum and spent an hour or so reading articles and checking out artifacts. It was interesting to us, but not a place for kids

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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25 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I highly recommend visiting the Texas Prison Museum! Besides great history behind the Texas Prison System, the museum offers information about inmates and prison life to include infamous and famous people who encountered the system. Also, you can learn about the different programs the system has and had throughout its rich history. The exhibits were very informational and some eerie,... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I've lived in Huntsville now for about ten years. One thing you will notice no matter which direction you drive in, is the amount of prisons we have here. The prison museum is a pretty neat and cheap experience. Lots of different aspects of prison life are on display as well as Old Sparky.

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Adra, Spain
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

this museum is very interesting. It's also very poignant. Just reading the letters written from family and relatives of both criminals and the victims families is very moving. Well worth a visit if you are in the area

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