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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
+1 719-269-3015
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Eerie, Informative, and Historic!

Stories ranging from the 1800's to present about many prisons throughout the United States, but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patrick G
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Gilbert, Arizona
Very interesting!

My son and I enjoyed this tour. We learned a lot about the history of the prison system and about... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kristen D
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
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+1 719-269-3015
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Reviewed yesterday

Stories ranging from the 1800's to present about many prisons throughout the United States, but definitely focuses on Colorado prisons including the women's prison that used to be housed in the current museum. The exhibits were informative and eerie; showing all the prison contraband, gas...More

Thank Patrick G
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Reviewed yesterday

My son and I enjoyed this tour. We learned a lot about the history of the prison system and about the criminals in the area.

Thank Kristen D
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lot of history here. For only an $8 admission, you get a thorough audio tour and history of the prison. It was very interesting and informative

Thank cshell2013
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small museum with lots of articles and displays regarding the prison system in Colorado. The museum covers amongst others, famous inmates and wardens and the treatment of prisoners.

Thank Matthew R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have the Old gas chamber. The have writeups of Men that were gas to death. There are two Jail cells, yo can see how small they are.

Thank Sleeper2012
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

This is really just a history of prisons in they old women prison. Cost is reasonable so worth the walk through if in the area. Close to Royal Gourge if going there stop in here too. It is actually right next to an operating mens...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

This is a small museum but a lot of information. You could spend a couple hours reading all the information they have displayed. It is still the same layout so all the jail cells have different themes in them. It is located right next to...More

Thank candie s
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Reviewed April 11, 2018

A lot of information, photos, props and actual pieces retained from prisons. Audio guide is available. The museum is a former state women's prison and it borders with the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. Have a look inside of a gas chamber actually used on prisoners!

Thank tickledpickle
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The grandkids were thrilled with getting their pictures taken behind bars. We were humorously told to 'enjoy doing time here' by the receptionist. Both the grounds and inside all the cells, which had displays, were informative. The basement and the kitchen were interesting too.

Thank Deanne S
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Cañon City houses one of the most interesting Prison Museums that I know of. The reputed cannibal Alfred Packer spent some time here. This is a great place for the history buff or a nice respite for the trailblazing tourist! You have the opportunity to...More

Thank MizzPaul
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