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No longer a museum. It now houses the Vets administration.

While it was a great look into the City's past, the old jail is no longer a museum.. The actual... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
Unique Attraction

Loved the semi-virtual experience. Loved that a piece of such marvelous history has been preserved... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2016
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Nov 16, 2017
“Jail cells remain, but the museum is no longer there”
Jul 25, 2016
“No longer a museum. It now houses the Vets administration.”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Central Avenue, Next to the Courthouse, Dubuque, IA 52001
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Reviewed November 16, 2017

The Dubuque County Jail was built in 1857 and is one of only three remaining examples of Egyptian Revivalist architecture in the U.S. The walls are 18 inches thick. During the Civil War, Confederate prisoners were held here. In 1971, the jail was inactivated and...More

1  Thank Allen21096
Reviewed July 25, 2016

While it was a great look into the City's past, the old jail is no longer a museum.. The actual jail cells will remain, but the remainder of the building has been converted to serve the needs of the Vets . My husband and I...More

5  Thank dubuque41
Reviewed July 11, 2016

Loved the semi-virtual experience. Loved that a piece of such marvelous history has been preserved and presented to the public in such a dynamic manner.

1  Thank museumfan68
Reviewed April 25, 2016

The city is taking over this for office space so it is no longer a tourist destination. Hamm House is still viewable

2  Thank william h
Reviewed January 26, 2016

Honestly, I expected it to be more of a jail museum. It turned out to be more of a civil war museum. There's a very small jail portion there. I'm not disappointed that we went, just not what was expected.

Thank Bob V
Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Dubuque is a great city to visit. Unfortunately the Old Jail did not impress us or our out of town guests. Save the money for larger metro museums and enjoy the river walk and in winter the ski resorts. Just OK.

Thank SunshineYes
Reviewed November 13, 2015

We are locals who decided to take our boys here for an afternoon activity. If you live in or near Dubuque, I would definitely recommend making a stop. I would not consider this something that I would drive for miles to see, but if you...More

1  Thank Shawni_and_Buck
Reviewed August 30, 2015

Kind of pricey for what it is. Still was something different to do on a day trip to Dubuque. Would of been neat to have stories about the prisoners maybe. I have 2 boys & that would of interested them.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a very small attraction, not worth stopping. It is basically just an old jail, not sure what the draw is.

Thank exacta123
Reviewed July 31, 2015

I have a niece who is intrigued by the old-time jails. There was a small museum area, but the winner was the real jail cells that are housing extremely realistic mannequins...

1  Thank Jesita66
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