Burlington County Prison Museum

Burlington County Prison Museum, Mount Holly

Burlington County Prison Museum

Burlington County Prison Museum
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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There’s something for just about everybody at the historic Burlington County Prison. Are you interested in local and national history, architecture, criminal law, penology, sociology, art or architecture? Then you should find the Old Prison of much interest. Fascinated by the paranormal world or murder mysteries? We’re the place to go.
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Tericloth
Mount Laurel, NJ60 contributions
Friends
I love being a tourist in my own state (NJ)! I was hoping to feel a spirit or two, but it didn’t happen. We took the audio tour, which enhanced the tour. Dennis added interesting tidbits about former inmates that came back to visit and about ghost clubs’ experiences there, etc.
Written April 6, 2019
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Melanie E
Philadelphia, PA57 contributions
Family
If you're into history, looking for something to do and want to save money well, this is just the little outing. The Gentleman who works their was very informative, polite and good conversationalist. I went on a Sunday early afternoon, I was with my boyfriend and daughter who is 9. It took us about a hour to an hour and a half to tour the whole building. We all enjoyed our visit.
Written January 23, 2019
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Tim E
York, PA122 contributions
Solo
This old prison was built in the early 1800s to hold approximately 40 inmates. It had over 100 inmates when it closed in 1965. Seeing the size of the cells it's hard to imagine that there were 4-5 people in each cell at the time of its closing.

If you've been to Eastern State Penitentiary and are expecting Burlington to be the same you should know that Burlington is similar with vaulted ceilings, but much smaller. But If you like exploring old historic buildings you'll most likely find this place interesting. Take some time and explore the cells and the prison yard. You can read about the prison dungeon, which is actually located on the second floor, and where prisoners spent their final hours before going to the gallows. It appears as though not much has changed over the years. If you look closely you'll also be able to see some graffiti still on the walls that was drawn by inmates.

The prison is is said to be haunted, but don't go expecting to see any ghosts while on your tour. Ghosts are unpredictable and seldom come out during the day when there are lots of people present.

There are three floors open to tour. The basement, the main floor and the second floor. There are stairs but no elevator. Be sure to watch your step on the stairs. Remember that the building is over 200 years old.
Written September 26, 2016
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Jeff v
North Brunswick, NJ20 contributions
Family
Had to check out this museum. We have visited Eastern State prison in Philly. This place is a lot smaller but still very interesting. You can go in the cells, see the yard, and read some interesting info. It was only 5 bucks to get in and was worth it. Nice town to check out while you're there too.
Written March 2, 2019
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Vicki A
Brunswick, Md.1,353 contributions
Couples
We found this little treasure today quite by chance! We are so glad we did. Our hotel (Hampton Inn & Suites) was in Morristown, NJ. It was only about a 15 minute drive over to this location. So glad we made the trip. The 'guide' was very, very helpful and informative about the history of this old prison. To be able to walk around on our own was a plus.....we could take our time and read the placards and take lots of fotos. The cost was very small. And the history here is amazing. AND, a bonus was being told to drive another 10 miles down the road to Burlington, NJ for more historical sites!! Win-Win all the way around.
Written October 19, 2018
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Tmag10
Flemington, NJ117 contributions
Friends
Easy, fun and educational. We enjoyed walking through the old prison cells and imagining what life was like as a prisoner there. The preserved graffiti is really special. The information provided was easy to follow and very interesting. Must be ok with steps.
Written August 22, 2018
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russellregn
Mount Holly, NJ18 contributions
Couples
Relive history at a very reasonable expense. The 1st design of the Federal Prison architect Robert Mills. Well maintained and so real because it is. Also make sure you visit the Art Gallery that is attached, featuring Mt. Holly artist and legend, Hugh Campbell. I am a lifelong resident of Mt Holly and remember when it was still in operation. Russ Regn
Written September 6, 2017
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Lilvt
Burlington, VT128 contributions
An interesting part of area history. It is a self guided tour with or without an audio headset. The headset allows you to get additional stories about each location, but is extra. We learned a lot about the prison, noted prisoners, and the advanced thinking of 1 man about prison reform.
Written September 6, 2019
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Happy in NJ
Cranford, NJ23 contributions
Friends
I have been here twice. I have a bit of obsession with prison, maybe because I can leave. LOL. This one, though small is quite good. I like the life size models in the cells so you can appreciate how small the space was. Inside and outdoor displays. Fun visit.
Written May 22, 2019
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marko18745
Houston, TX675 contributions
Couples
Reportedly haunted. If any place is going to be haunted, this is the place. Prisoners had a miserable life and several were executed. This jail operated 1811-1965. Modern prisons are luxury hotels by comparison. One of The first buildings designed by Robert Mills, the guy who designed the Washington Monument. He was also an architectural big wheel in Philly, Baltimore, and Charleston. Great use of barrel-vaulted ceilings and arches inside. Small fee to enter: $5 for adults. Material available for self-guided tours that include warden’s office, cells, the dungeon, kitchen, dining room, and shops. We went on a Saturday afternoon and were lucky to take the free tour offered by Dave. For about 70-80 minutes he provided excellent commentary, anecdotes, and good humor. It certainly enhanced our visit. This is a unique museum that is worth a visit.
Written March 2, 2019
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Burlington County Prison Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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