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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
+1 613-530-3122
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
+1 613-530-3122
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my second time going through, amazing to see different escape methods used, old vs. new jail cells; and so much history. I recommend it.

Thank keebler69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Museum To Visit & See how Prisoners Dealt With Doing Hard Time.It compliments A Visit To The Pen Tour & other interesting areas around Portsmouth Village.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great to visit before or after your tour of Kingston Penitentiary curator is extremely knowledgeable

Thank M w
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I very much enjoyed the museum. There were many interesting displays. Some were Very graphic. It’s something you should go see once.

Thank Jimmy P
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very interesting and informative. Worth the visit! Insightful exhibits relating to conditions and life in a Kingston prison .

Thank janetsM8488ZC
Reviewed 8 November 2017

A nice free add on to the KP tour. One on one with former guards and look at actual weapons confiscated at local prisons.

Thank Dave F
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Free by donation, lots of cool information about Kingston Pen and other jails. The room with the contraband is the best!

Thank Courtyy
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Absolutely a must see. Very interesting history and very informative. Wish we could see more of the closed off areas but did not feel we missed out on much by not seeing them.

Thank Debbie H
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We went to the Penitentiary Museum following a tour of KP. It was very fascinating to see and learn different things from KP and other prisons. We enjoyed learning even more following the tour over at the museum. The staff are also very knowledgeable and...More

Thank Mackenzie M
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We visited Kingston in August but did not pre-book the Kingston Penitentiary tour so figured we would take a quick look at the FREE Penitentiary Museum directly across the street. The building is the former residence of the KP warden and is beautifully built with...More

Thank Robert C
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Linja U
3 August 2017|
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Response from Silvie M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think dogs are allowed
19 July 2017|
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Response from Yvette44 | Reviewed this property |
For Teens yes, because they are more worldly, but pre-teen girl, no, because there are bad words on the walls, and the cells are kind of dingy, and very Real! 😳
Tracey E
1 July 2017|
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Response from martinkerrim | Reviewed this property |
Yes - it's open Canada Day … but you should really buy tickets ahead of time (although there are a few left) … check out: The website. Just google: Kingston Pen Tours…. and then click on TICKETS