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Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum

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Fascinating part of history

As someone who works in Corrections this was truly fascinating as I throughly enjoyed the historic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Interesting historical building

Went here with the family with two teenagers. Very interesting building! Amazing that it is still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
De Pere, Wisconsin
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226 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As someone who works in Corrections this was truly fascinating as I throughly enjoyed the historic elements of this jail. It was also interesting in terms of engineering and architecture of how it was designed and how it’s still in relative good shape for its...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with the family with two teenagers. Very interesting building! Amazing that it is still around. We were able to explore the building that we found interesting and little scary when look at the size of the cells.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Hardtkea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So cooooool! Admission is a steal - $7 for adult, $5 for 12 and under. You get an info packet to take with you on the tour to read about the various areas - make sure you get one because it's great and explains the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank ALG1603
Reviewed May 13, 2019

The Squirrel Cage Jail is different than any I have ever been to. It's unique construction that spins cage to allow only one cell to be opened at a time makes it unusual. Although it is not currently working, you can see the gears that...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Sandy O
Reviewed April 1, 2019

Visiting from out of state and this is one place we hadn’t been before. What an eye opener, from the concept of the jail to the very interesting ledger of prisoners and the reasons jailed. Be sure and pick up the laminated sheets describing each...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Marsha R
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

We went on the Halloween tour at this jail. We had a great tour guide he even told if some of his experiences in the jail. It's well worth the money to see how these prisoners lived and it's amazing how the cells actually rotated....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Escape19070142944
Reviewed October 16, 2018

This was a fabulous museum. It had an excellent self guided tour plus there were employees that were available to answer questions and give more information. This is such a treasure to see and experience

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 426JudyS
Reviewed August 7, 2018

This stately old mansion is located in the heart of Old Council Bluffs that has completely changed since I was last here 45 years ago but worth Stopping and taking a tour .......

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Ocalakid55
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

amazing stop by. I never saw a jail like that it was so cool. glad I stop by after the visit to the union pacific museum which is next door. friendly staff. $6 admission. going to come back for over night ghosts hunt should be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank billhordy
Reviewed July 21, 2018

We love jails and history, so this was a win for us. The "squirrel cage" design is so unique and the four story type you won't find anywhere else. The cost for a tour is $7 ($6 for AAA members) and really worth it. It...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 5, 2019|
Response from 426JudyS | Reviewed this property |
An hour should be sufficient. If you don’t read everything, it could be less.
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From their website Squirrel Cage" Rotary Cell Jail Museum 226 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, Iowa Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11-4 No appointment necessary. For groups larger than 15 phone/e-mail in... More