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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
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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Interesting Museum!

Stopped by the museum on our way through town. Was worth a stop, just wish we had more time to spend looking at the exhibits.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Caldwell, Kansas
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Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You park and next door you hear the prison making announcements to inmates. This place was truly fascinating. My son and I did the audio tour. It was extremely interesting. Staff is very helpful. Don't miss the gift shop to buy your "inmate made" items. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

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Caldwell, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped by the museum on our way through town. Was worth a stop, just wish we had more time to spend looking at the exhibits.

Thank KLC86
Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After our disappointing trip to the Royal Gorge, we were leaving town and a real prison with a barbed wired fence caught our boys eyes. We then saw the Prison Museum next door, quickly read the reviews on TripAdvisor, and decided to go. The staff was friendly and helpful. You could take an audio tour or self guided tour. The... More 

Thank jenmillercox
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the fact this is a museum about prisons in a former prison. Way cool stuff. Nice friendly staff.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a good time at this tiny museum. The stories are fascinating, and some of the items are really interesting. Our teenagers enjoyed it. You will need about an hour to see everything. Entry is $7, or $5 for active duty military and children. My only complaint is the extremely rude ticket guy at the entrance (large guy with... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum itself had a lot of interesting items but the gentleman who was working the counter in the afternoon of July 21, 2016 is the reason for the terrible rating. My friend and I parked behind the building in a handicapped spot as I suffer from a physically debilitating disease. Though I show no outward signs of being disabled,... More 

Thank I_am_very_picky
Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an old women's prison and every exhibit is displayed in the individual prison cells and throughout the halls. This was a great learning experience and was very unique. The museum took us about 1 1/2 hours to tour and was relatively inexpensive for this experience.

Thank Mike R
Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure we would like this museum but my son wanted to visit it. And we ran out of things to do that would fit our time frame before our railroad ride. It was an interesting display style and the guide book provided good information for a self tour. As a non profit it was well kept. There was... More 

Thank Bee80015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's good if you like history for Women's prison. Art work from the inmates had done. Lots of pictures. Thy have a gift shop.

Thank Joyce P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in the former women's prison in Canon City this museum is actually very interesting. The prison was closed in 1968, but has been well preserved and is worth a stop and tour. Interesting to see what the cells were like and how the prisoners lived in the 60's. They have an actual gas chamber used to execute prisoners and... More 

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