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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address: 201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
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+1 719-269-3015
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Quick Visit - very interstesting

We went here after our trip on the Railroad. It was a nice walk around with a history of Colorado Prisons. They have a neat book in the basement of all the well known people who... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
gwengweed
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is interesting to, but way over priced for the 10 minutes it takes you to go through it! If you excited to see tiny prison cells..this is your place. I would not recommend to my friends or family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What says Americana more than a museum for prisoners, wardens, & other penitentiary workers? A hidden mother load near the Rockies full of memories and mementos, both good and bad. If you want to learn about life behind bars without committing a felony, this is the museum for you. What you see here might surprise and even change the way... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here after our trip on the Railroad. It was a nice walk around with a history of Colorado Prisons. They have a neat book in the basement of all the well known people who have or are serving in SuperMax too. My daughter (11) found it ok. There is a lot of reading if you want to take... More 

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Fort Collins, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were in town for the Santa Train and popped in on a Sunday morning to visit this museum. Very interesting, a lot of artifacts - it's located in the old Women's cell block, and each exhibit is in an actual cell. Super informative! They have audio tours or self guided tours. We had our teenager and toddler (this isn't... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Took the family for a day trip to CO museum of prisons. Overall an interesting place, although the kids got a bit restless; lots a displays and historical info to read. Appreciated their participation in the free museum day in association with Smithsonian.

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1 Thank John W
Belleville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

This was a very interesting self guided tour. It was amazing to see the difference between men's and women's cells. This was actually very reasonably priced. A nice place to tour but not to stay.

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1 Thank patalack
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is a neat little museum to visit. It's interesting to see the old prison and learn about the institution. There is a small gift shop on the premises with crafts made my the inmates. Yes, you read that right.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting displays in the history of Colorado Prisons, as well as the progression in society's approach to incarceration. There are a lots of graphic displays of homemade prison weaponry and punishment techniques used on prisoners over the years.

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1 Thank Lisa S
Leyland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This museum is well laid out on 2 levels, so includes a flight of stairs. It has some really interesting exhibits. Would recommend it as a good way to spend an hour or two.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Starts in 1880's. Pictures, Info, parephenalia. Came out realizing there are a lot of evil people in this world and that I never want to be incarcerated. Interesting. Tour took us about 1 1/2 hours to read info without headphone use. Museum sits next to an active prison with razor wire, kind of creepy.

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