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Texas Prison Museum

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Address: 491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
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+1 936-295-2155
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric...

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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Unique and sobering

Send kids and rowdy relatives. Put'em in The Chair or the Gurney. This place will help you be thankful someone is willing to keep the unlawful someplace other than your home.

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TEXass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Send kids and rowdy relatives. Put'em in The Chair or the Gurney. This place will help you be thankful someone is willing to keep the unlawful someplace other than your home.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had about an hour to blow before a meeting so I stopped in here. The $4.00 entry fee for Seniors was well-worth the price. This small museum is well laid out and easy to follow. My time was well spent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped here on a road trip and really enjoyed the museum. The entry fees were very reasonable - $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Learned about the prison system, the prison rodeo, famous former prisoners (Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Clyde of Bonnie and Clyde, etc.), and even the electric chair. The museum staff were very friendly... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We dropped by this museum on our way back from Sam Houston Museum. It is always nice to know even about prison as a part of Texas history

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Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Texas electric chair (Old Sparky) is on display here plus history on the prison system over the last 150 years. Step into a replica of a cell, slide the door shut and have your picture taken. Also learn about the famous Texas Rodeo. See displays of illegal weapons made by inmates, along with artwork. The gift shop does sell many... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I thought admission was reasonable ($5 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 children). We spent about 1.5 hrs going through the entire museum. They have "Old Sparky", the electric chair used until 1964. Contraband weapons made by prisoners. Sculptures that inmates have carved out of wood. Photographs and stories of semi-famous people that have been incarcerated in Texas Prisons. Short film... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I heard of this museum from Dallas friends while heading to Houston, and checked it out on TA. It's a small but well-done museum covering the entire Texas prison system, that started at the Huntsville location, It includes some Bonnie&Clyde items, as it was here that they raided this prison to free some of their gang members, and that triggered... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Take some time if you visit this museum because it is full of interesting things. There are many pictures and aritfacts, such an array of weapons that were hand made by prisoners. It's amazing some of the things that can be used to make them. There is a sample jail cell that you can enter....gives you one more reason this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited the prison museum. Interesting history of the prison system along with the history of the Prison Rodeo.

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Huntsville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

There's a lot of history here, including Old Sparky, the electric chair used in executions before lethal injection. Lots of prisoner made items, some legal like game boards and cards, and other not so legal like weapons and "wedding rings." Lots of information here about the old prison rodeo, plus items you can buy which are made by the working... More 

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