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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
+1 719-269-3015
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Worth the trip

First prison museum I've been to....very unusual, interesting, informative. Close up exhibits in... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Pueblo, Colorado

The museum was very interesting. The history of the prison convinced us that we didn’t want to... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Canon City, Colorado
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
+1 719-269-3015
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

First prison museum I've been to....very unusual, interesting, informative. Close up exhibits in old cells. Lots of history you don't learn in school. You can go into the gas chamber. Gift shop. 2 for 1 coupons on Groupon.

Thank sheerinfam
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The museum was very interesting. The history of the prison convinced us that we didn’t want to live there! The art work made by the prisoners was incredible.

Thank Lisa75757
Reviewed 27 October 2017

one of the best prison museums Ive been to (!) well laid out.....informative.....very knowledgeable staff......good displays......one drawback....you cant sit in the gas chamber! oh yes....and next door? a real working prison.......

Thank BobClifford
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Two ways to self guide the tour, you can read or listen, and take as long as you want. Looking forward to taking the kids back next time as we stumbled on this attraction when our schedule ended up leaving us with some free time....More

Thank misseryn29
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

First of all when you visit our town, Cañon City you’ll notice just how many prisons we do have and how many citizens and their families re employed by the department of corrections. This museum depicts what it was like back in the day and...More

Thank jennaleigh13
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We enjoyed this! There is an self guided audio tour that explains everything as you go, and the inmate artwork and handcrafts are fantastic. They have samples of cookies in the gift shop and you can buy all kinds of handmade items.

Thank sonjab279
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This is an interesting and informative depiction of prison history in Canon City. It was not crowded, we could take our time on a self-guided tour or use their headphones for an audio guide. We especially enjoyed the gallery of art doen by prisoners.

Thank mentonex
Reviewed 4 October 2017

If you have been in other prison museums, this probably doesn't offer a lot that is new, but it is interesting to see information on the specific historical facts of the Colorado prison system and some of the notorious prisoners.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We used to live here in the 90's and never toured the museum before so we made this our first stop when we came to Canon City. Really enjoyed the museum, so much information. Really holds your interest with the escape stories, young criminals, and...More

1  Thank James and Sandr... B
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We've been in old jails before. This one is interesting and worth the visit because of it's abundance of displays and information. Altogether it paints a complete picture of life during the years this facility was actively used. Give yourself a good hour plus to...More

Thank 409josephk
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