I went on a stormy afternoon, which added to the ambience. Definitely, use the audio and explore on your own. It is chilling to hear the stories of the inmates, in their own words, describe what was happening there. I learned more about the background of this, the first penitentiary, and it is rather astonishing how the developers of it thought it would change the lives of criminals. I mean- a judge put a dog there who killed his wife's cat.
Walking through the damp, musty corridors really gives you a feeling of the despair and lonliness that many may have felt - except perhaps their most famous inmate, Mr. Al Capone. They have decorated his room in much the same way it would have looked while he resided there!
Go - be sure to wear walking shoes and be prepared for some odd artworks within the walls as well. Upon seeing the architecture of the building itself, you may recognize the design from other buildings. It definitley is worth the time - maybe 2 hours to see everything. 3 if you participate in the various demonstrations that the docents provide!
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