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“Great place, needs work”

Old Montana Prison Complex
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 (Western History, WWII Exhibit), Yesterday's Playthings (Model Trains, dolls and toys) and Powell County Museum (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. Check in at our Visitors Center. One ticket covers all Museums.
Bonney Lake, Washington
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great place, needs work”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

The Old prison is a magnificent step back in time with the potential to be dazzeling. Don't get me wrong, it still has an awe factor even for the children. The self guided walking tour was at times hard to follow and short on detail. This made it difficult to answer the many questions the children will have. The exhibits are lacking in polish and at times in information. An example is the display case of contraband with only one item having an explination. The information about the riot could have been presented in an easier to follow fashion. All this said and the power of the place pulls it to a 4/5.

In the same complex is the Auto museum - this is a must see. I only wished they displayed a current value on the vehicles displayed.

We visited the toy museum across the road... it was a great disappointment. If you love dolls you'll love it, otherwise skip it.

Visited July 2012
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“History comes alive”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

The Old Montana Prision Complex was worth the drive just to see this. It took us about two hours just to go through the prision. The guide was great to get all the details about the building and also the people that were housed in the prision. We will be going back with friends.

Visited July 2012
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Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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126 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Worth the visit but it is not Alcatraz Island”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

We have been through this prison complex several times and have never been disappointed. The tour guides have good information to share. Interesting. The car museum next door is also worth seeing.

Visited July 2012
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Wow.... To think this was in use not too long ago!!! Wonder if we Had more prisons like this...would crime be so tempting??? Enjoyed seeing it!

Visited July 2012
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Salt Lake City
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88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“A Can't Miss!”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

My husband and I were thrilled that we decided to stop by Deer Lodge and visit the Old Montana Prison. We did a self-guided tour and couldn't be happier. The buildings were so cool and the whole tour was kinda scary. It is nice because you can walk all around and look at the prison and go into cells. For one low price you also get to visit the car museum! Fun for everyone!

Visited April 2012
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