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Texas Prison Museum

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Address: 491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
Phone Number: +1 936-295-2155
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Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric...

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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admission cost was reasonable

I thought admission was reasonable ($5 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 children). We spent about 1.5 hrs going through the entire museum. They have "Old Sparky", the electric chair... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
FrednVickie
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Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought admission was reasonable ($5 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 children). We spent about 1.5 hrs going through the entire museum. They have "Old Sparky", the electric chair used until 1964. Contraband weapons made by prisoners. Sculptures that inmates have carved out of wood. Photographs and stories of semi-famous people that have been incarcerated in Texas Prisons. Short film... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard of this museum from Dallas friends while heading to Houston, and checked it out on TA. It's a small but well-done museum covering the entire Texas prison system, that started at the Huntsville location, It includes some Bonnie&Clyde items, as it was here that they raided this prison to free some of their gang members, and that triggered... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take some time if you visit this museum because it is full of interesting things. There are many pictures and aritfacts, such an array of weapons that were hand made by prisoners. It's amazing some of the things that can be used to make them. There is a sample jail cell that you can enter....gives you one more reason this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the prison museum. Interesting history of the prison system along with the history of the Prison Rodeo.

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Huntsville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a lot of history here, including Old Sparky, the electric chair used in executions before lethal injection. Lots of prisoner made items, some legal like game boards and cards, and other not so legal like weapons and "wedding rings." Lots of information here about the old prison rodeo, plus items you can buy which are made by the working... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have worked for the Texas Prison system for over 35 years, all in Huntsville. This is my first visit to the Prison Museum. Well worth the money to see all that is offered in the museum including the history of the Texas Prison System.

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Thank Tim R
Skelmersdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we where on a Texas holiday visiting many locations including the actual prison in Huntsville i first seen jim the MD on uk tv on a documentary life on death row Texas it was very interesting. we visited the museum and was very impressed and we had a chat to jim the MD. a very nice guy to meet and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We visited the Texas Prison Museum on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. They've done a great job showcasing exhibits and telling the story of the Texas prison over the years. Lots to see, including both handiwork of the inmates of craftsmen quality woodwork, to the not so nice handiwork to make weapons. You'll want to set aside... More 

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Vicksburg, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We visited the museum in September. Very interesting to see. Learned a lot about history there. Also got to see Big Sparky!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

The museum is relatively small but this makes it more intimate and digestible. The exhibits provide a great description of the history of Texas state prisons and have interesting artifacts on display. I especially liked the info on Bonnie & Clyde and the prison breaks over the years. The inmate crafts are pretty amazing. Old Sparky is creepy but an... More 

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