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The Prison Museum of Sweden

1-3 Hamiltongatan, Gavle 802 66, Sweden
+46 26 65 44 30
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Apart from several interesting stories, offerring rather basic and obvious info. If you don't speak... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
JonDoe04134
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Lidingo, Sweden
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It was little expensive for the size of the museum. I visited the same along with my friends, and... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
mishrarohit9
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Mirzapur, India
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Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings. Follow history from the old castle jail with its underground dungeons, dating back to the mid-1600s, to one of Sweden’s first penitentiaries, dating from 1847. You will witness the Swedish prison system, which developed from a period of public enforced shame and corporal punishment to a time when prisoners were isolated from society in what we now call solitary confinement. A visit to the Prison Museum leaves no one unaffected. When you visit the museum, borrow an audioguide in english or german for free!
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1-3 Hamiltongatan, Gavle 802 66, Sweden
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Apart from several interesting stories, offerring rather basic and obvious info. If you don't speak Swedish, you'll only have the short audioguide (included in ticket price), all descriptions are in Swedish only. And it's very small, several cells and a couple of rooms in another...More

Thank JonDoe04134
Reviewed 30 June 2017

It was little expensive for the size of the museum. I visited the same along with my friends, and few parts are under renovation. It was held in two buildings sitting opposite one another the first shows how prisoners were kept.......... The other building was...More

Thank mishrarohit9
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Held in two buildings sitting opposite one another the first shows how prisoners were kept before specific buildings were erected according to "modern" ie 19th century principles, with descriptions of what they were imprisoned for, stories of some of them, methods of punishment and execution...More

Thank Cappacino_Girl
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

It was okay as a time killer, a few interesting facts but expensive for the size of the museum. The staff were great though and made the experience better.

Thank Collett T
Reviewed 13 December 2015

This small museum covers the history of prisons in Sweden. You can walk here from the train station. It is split into 2 parts, in 2 buildings, with a section from the 1600s and one from the 1800s. The museum is small but good value...More

Thank SkiingCyclingDave
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Interesting, but strange museum. Nice staff and absolutely worth a visit. Especially for people with interests in strange museum. A little absurd, but nice,

Thank Pål H
Reviewed 9 July 2015

The museum consists of two buildings, one displaying older and the other one more recent prison history. To my understanding, both buildings are authentic prisons; you can see how the prisons actually looked like, and how the prisoners lived in them. The exhibitions are rather...More

2  Thank TapaniTT
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Well presented museum. Nothing overwhelming, but interesting enough to visit if you like your history.

Thank TheKiwiViking
Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

Interesting one. Let you know how peopl used to live and get punished many years ago. I can say it was the most interesting place to visit in Gavle

1  Thank Sarah N
Reviewed 10 February 2015

A great job have been done creating the dolls within the museum and the way the presentation is done using headphones and a portable unit. Definitely a must see when visiting Gävle.

Thank Mikael T
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