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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address: 201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
Phone Number: 17192693015
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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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Excellent place to spend an hour or two

We found this museum by accident and was intrigued by what was inside. The displays were set out in old cells and a numbered guide book made this an easy way of navigating around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2016
Patricia1209
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Perth, Australia
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Wisconsin
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Thank LW49
Aurora, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was fun and interesting. We didn't plan on going here but so glad that we did. This is a walking tour and will go at your pace. Lots to see and learn

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a self guided tour of prison cells, contraband, a gas chamber and the interworkings of a prison..it was really interesting, we were there around 2 hours. well worth the entrance fee of $6 , not something you see everyday for sure..

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Thank dsb48
Lake George, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the advice of a local we went and were not disappointed. You get to walk into the gas chamber room (no longer used) and get an audio tape to listen to as you tour the museum. Cost 7.00, we stayed much longer than thought we would.

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Thank Debi J
Saint Louis, Missouri
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It may not be for many of you, but I loved this self-guided tour. The history itself is fascinating. Knowing the struggle men went through to survive here is heartening. Sure makes me thankful for the good life I've been blessed with. Even my wife enjoyed it and that says a lot!

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Catharine, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum a lot. It was a little hard to find...we first went to the entrance of the Medium Security Prison that is in use and next door. We thought maybe the experience was just meant to be realistic. It takes quite a lot of time to really experience the museum...many interesting articles and items. There were 40... More 

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Thank Jeanie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take kids. Very interesting and worth the stop. We received a personal tour and it was a great way to hear about the history and some of the stories. My teenage boys loved it and 9 year old daughter even found it interesting. If you enjoy history totally recommend this small museum.

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Thank Kelli B
Pasadena, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was self guided with a handout available. Each "Cell" had pictures, stories and artifacts to view. To enter the building, you had to go up several stairs. Then there was a downstairs exhibit with no lift. It was interesting to see the old gas chamber in front of the building.

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Perth, Australia
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

We found this museum by accident and was intrigued by what was inside. The displays were set out in old cells and a numbered guide book made this an easy way of navigating around. Despite the number of people, it never felt crowded. There was quite a lot of exhibits to see which appealed to all ages. The gas chamber... More 

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Thank Patricia1209
Seabrook, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

If you like this sort of thing, this is very interesting. The history of the prison system, the prisoners, and the effects on the history of the surrounding area is fascinating. It is inexpensive. It takes about an hour. We (age range 16-70) enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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