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Old Montana Prison Complex

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Address: 1106 Main St, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1426
Phone Number:
+1 406-846-3111
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Old Montana Prison Complex consists of 5 museums and is open Daily...

The Old Montana Prison Complex consists of 5 museums and is open Daily throughout the year.

We have the Old Prison, Montana Auto Museum, Frontier Montana (SO-Western History), Yesterday's Playthings (SO-dolls and toys) and Powell County Museum (SO-local history, wood carving and mining). Other attractions include a Milwaukee Road exhibits (including 2 locomotive engines and a caboose), Cottonwood City ( a recreation of a small pioneer town), plus an Art Gallery and other historic buildings.

(SO = Summer only, please inquire at Visitor Center for opening dates and hours)

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Creepy prison museum

We visited the Prison Museum on a dreary Friday morning, with only a few others wandering the grounds. The self-guided walking tour is well laid out and easy to follow. There are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 15, 2016
Laramie, Wyoming

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Laramie, Wyoming
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

We visited the Prison Museum on a dreary Friday morning, with only a few others wandering the grounds. The self-guided walking tour is well laid out and easy to follow. There are plenty of signs with more information, and you can easily spend a couple of hours here. The buildings seem to have mostly been abandoned and left as is... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed visiting the museum. Friendly staff members greeted us and welcomed us while handing out a brochure for the self-guided tour of the facility. I spent about an hour touring the old prison facility. There were plaques which detailed the prison grounds, and told the story of the lives of the inmates are prison staff during the duration of... More 

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2016

This is an opportunity to see some of the infamous history of the area. This would have been a 5 except some of the exhibits could have been done better. We did enjoy the walk through and learning of the history.

Thank Senioronabudget
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

I came here with my friend and her two children (2 yrs and 2 months) to tour the Prison and auto museum. The prison was so fascinating. During the winter months the prison tours are self guided, however they do give you an info book to reference. We chose to go on a sunny 40 degree day. FYI I would... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a great spot to visit. Not only can you walk wherever you want at the prison you can also visit a car museum that is top rate. The people are so helpful and also you can take a leached dog with you if you want. The gift store is wonderful. Great experience. Loved it!

Thank Jackie G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This is a great museum....we worth the visit and won't take you all day. If you're a photographer I'd recommend a visit as Deer Lodge itself is well worth a detour as well. Loads of great photos to be had at the museum and in town.

Thank bhaforever
Lucas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is an interesting museum that gives the visitor a feel for what it was like to be in prison in the mid to latter part of the nineteenth century. There were no TVs and fitness centers in this prison! I am not sure if this museum is privately owned or owned by the city our county. But it is... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2015

interesting place..... would liked to have a couple of days to take it all in... the lady's at the entrance were very helpful and informative,,,,

Thank Ron T
Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2015

We took the self guided tour through the old prison to step back in time. We then went on to tour the many rooms of vintage vehicles. It felt like at least one of each make and model was on site. There were other museums nearby as part of the complex, but we ran out of time and did not... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2015

An interesting old prison that is very well presented. Fascinating that the prisoners themselves carried out much of the construction

Thank Richard T

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