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Texas Prison Museum

491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
(936) 295-2155
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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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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Cypress, Texas
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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 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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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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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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13 helpful votes 13 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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dallas
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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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montgomery,tx
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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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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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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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