Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

Canada's Penitentiary Museum
4.5
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Housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the museum offers a wide range of exhibits of artifacts from across Canada's federal Correctional system. Admission is by donation. CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL MAY 1st, 2020
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bunkerb
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
We'll be back again...not enough time to see all we wamted to.!
Aug 2021
Very informative with excellent guides and former employees. Small groups, so easy to hear presentations. Places to sit and drinking water which was appreciated on that very hot day.
Written August 29, 2021
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EMJ
2 contributions
Must See
Aug 2021
The Pen tour was fantastic! Essi our tour guide did a wonderful job as did the retired prison guards! It was like entering another world which the majority of us know little about! Wonderful learning experience!
Written August 28, 2021
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rubiocanada
Ontario, Canada146 contributions
Would have been great....but....
Jul 2021
Would have been a wonderful experience, however, not allowed in any buildings, etc. due to Covid. So you basically go into the main compound and see it from the yard. I can do this from outside the prison for free.
Written July 5, 2021
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Mark Wallace
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
A must-see for all visitors and residents!
Sep 2020
This is a wonderful and interesting museum. There are about two dozen museums in Kingston, and most of them are terrible. Only a handful are worth visiting, and the Penitentiary Museum is one of these. Skip the tour of the penitentiary (which shows you very little) across the road and go here, instead!
Written March 2, 2021
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Shasta4
Arthur, Canada29 contributions
Standard Tour
Sep 2020
A tour worth visiting for sure. Walking through KP puts you back in an era that you almost can feel how it was to be imprisoned there.
Written September 29, 2020
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Kathy S
Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
Not open
Sep 2020 • Couples
This museum is not open due to covid and the website does not inform you of the closure. We drove there to see this as we could not get tickets to the tour of the Penitentary
Written September 16, 2020
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Hello, There seems to be some confusion, and we apologize for your disappointment. "Canada's Penitentiary Museum" has been closed since mid-March when the pandemic closures began. In our case, this is due, in part, to the fact that we occupy a Victorian house and we rely upon volunteers for our operation. Contrary to your understanding, since March we have indeed clearly announced our closure on all of our social media, particularly on our website...and in two places within it! Take another look at our "Home" and "Visitor Info" pages where you will find our closure notice is clearly posted. (Make sure you are not looking at the "Kingston Pen Tours" website, as that is a different place.) We also put the word out on our Facebook pages ("Canada's Penitentiary Museum" and "Friends of the Penitentiary Museum"). We made this difficult decision to remain closed in order to protect our building, our staff, our volunteers and you, our visitors and, of course, we made that announcement from the start of the pandemic in March in order to save disappointment and frustration such as you appear to be experiencing. We hope that you will give us another try when the pandemic is over and we are able to reopen. In future, please take more care to plan your travel, particularly during unusual times such as these. Stay well!
Written September 17, 2020
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judy0612
Laval, Canada159 contributions
Fun tour.
Aug 2020 • Family
We went two families with teens a great tour with many interesting stores from retired staff. Fun was had by all.
Written September 12, 2020
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Gregsky
Ottawa, Canada676 contributions
Such a great tour
Sep 2020
Get your tickets in advance. We did the standard tour (90 mintues) recently. Very well run, excellent observation of social contacts. Our tour guide (Sarah) was great; knowledgable, energetic, and fun. Some great testimonials from a former prison guard, warden, and nurse. An excellent way to spend some time and learn a bit about one of Canada's most notorious prisons.
Written September 6, 2020
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TJI
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
Penn Tour
Aug 2020
We enjoyed this tour. It was very informative tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and there's a lot to learn!
Written September 2, 2020
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Adriana J
Ontario, Canada12 contributions
Cool
Sep 2019 • Family
Absolutely loved this museum.
So very very interesting!
I love the history they showed and loved some of the recent displays.
Super cheap too.
Always nice to visit after a KP tour.
A must see.
Written August 21, 2020
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