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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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Address: 555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
Phone Number:
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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the...

Housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the museum offers a wide range of exhibits of artifacts from across Canada's federal Correctional system. Admission is by donation.

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Interesting place to do a little walk thru. You’re left to yourself, I liked that. Some really neat displays. Worth the walk over especially if you’re doing the pen tour.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting place to do a little walk thru. You’re left to yourself, I liked that. Some really neat displays. Worth the walk over especially if you’re doing the pen tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spend a couple of hours self tour the place. We found it quite interesting reading the history of Kington penitentiary.We read about it in newspaper and watch it on TV and get to see where it happen is pretty cool.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have some time to kill then definitely visit this museum! Admission fee is by donation so it's great for those who are on a budget. The volunteers are very friendly. Museum is full of very interesting old and new items that are displayed in creative and fun ways. Of course, it is a museum so not very interesting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was quite the tour. Very interesting and would like to tour the jail again in the summer months. Great job

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Government of Canada designated historic site, with a very long history. Tickets are scarce, so book ahead.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is a must! The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly with good stories. The time flew bye as we went from one section of the prison to the next. It was very interesting to see all the different areas from the family visiting area to the isolation cells. Very, very cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here .After touring the penitentiay. tour yourself with the choice of giving .a donation.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many don't realize this museum is open to the public admissioni is by donation . Interesting history of the prison system across Canada ,lots of exhibits to view,step into a prison cell, artifacts of weapons made by prisoners , methods of punishment used in years gone by. Read about infamous escape attempts,hostage takings etc. Lots of cool photo opportunities... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped over here after the Kingston Penitentiary tour on the recommendation of our tour guide. I honestly wasn't expecting a whole lot out of a free museum as I'm not a huge museum person in the first place, but it was quite interesting. Probably my favourite part was the selection of inmate created art and the descriptions of how they... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a one-of-a-kind museum. It's a great opportunity to learn more about our correctional system and the history of crime and punishment. Most fascinating sections were tools used to punish or should I say torture inmates and the tools inmates built to escape prison. There's also a very interesting exhibit on the riot at Kingston Penitentiary, which is now... More 

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