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Old Montana Prison Complex

1106 Main St, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1426
+1 406-846-3111
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Old Montana State Prison

Combines old prison and antique car museum. You do not want to miss this attraction! It is very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
arthurcU8933VW
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Deer Lodge, Montana
Early history of incarceration in Montana

My trip was a self-guided tour in, around and through the Old Prison grounds and buildings. I was a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
BobD459
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Helena, Montana, United States
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The Old Montana Prison Complex consists of 5 museums and is open Daily throughout the year. We have the Old Prison, Montana Auto Museum, Frontier Montana (Western History, WWII Exhibit), Yesterday's Playthings (Model Trains, dolls and toys) and Powell County Museum (local history, wood carving and mining). Other attractions include a Milwaukee Road exhibits (including 2 locomotive engines and a caboose), Cottonwood City ( a recreation of a small pioneer town), plus an Art Gallery and other historic buildings. Check in at our Visitors Center. One ticket covers all Museums.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1106 Main St, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1426
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Combines old prison and antique car museum. You do not want to miss this attraction! It is very visitor friendly. The kids and older kids will enjoy the 60&70nd muscle cars, and Oder cars back to the early nineteen hundreds, plus Old tractors. The prison...More

Thank arthurcU8933VW
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My trip was a self-guided tour in, around and through the Old Prison grounds and buildings. I was a winter's day and it was very cold inside and out. A few others were there and we talked together at one point. Brutally graphic to see...More

Thank BobD459
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

My family and I stopped here on a cross country trip one summer, and we just walked around and explored it on our own. And it was so much fun. And also eyrie in some dark areas. It really gives you a feel for what...More

Thank laurenceh886
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

It's not every day you get to tour an old prison. Following the tour guide map you'll get a sense of what prison life would have been like. From the cell blocks the hole, the mess hall to the wardens office. The tv show Ghost...More

Thank hoef972
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Spent a wonderful evening exploring the prison and hearing about all the ghostly happenings. I've been here during the day and went thru the car museum as well as the prison but the ghost tour was a real treat.. about 5 hours long. It was...More

Thank ShawnaK50
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

One low admission price gives you entry to 5 very interesting museums. The first is the old Montana State Prison. This was the state prison until the 1970s. Most of the exhibits were on 50s & 60s life in the prison & not the late...More

Thank harryatkck
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Decided to drive thru Deer Lodge to return to the freeway. Was totally surprised to find this right in the middle of town. Build like a fortress. Very impressive. We were too early for tours and had to press on. Boo!

Thank Steve J
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

So we've been planning this for a couple years ..you know "next time thru " any way we picked a cold windy day for the prison ...lots of good stuff to read and look at... plus it kinda gives you a real close up of...More

Thank Shane O
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

It is hard to explain unless you've been here. What an amazing place. The self-tour is very good. They provide you with a very clear and informative brochure that easily guides you through the complex. I don't know what my family liked the best...the "hole"...the...More

Thank Philip R
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The Old Montana State Prison complex is a series of museums located in and around the former state prison. The vehicle collection housed in the building attached to the prision may be the most impressive I have viewed in terms of quality. Lots of beautifully...More

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love2travel450
6 July 2017|
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Response from Sandra P | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We are open 8 to 6 , 7 days a week. The cost is $15.00 per person, $8 for kid 10-15, Under 10 are free and the fee includes all 5 museums, the prison, 162 cars, Yesterdays Playthings with it’s... More
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Joyce M
2 June 2017|
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Response from Sandra P | Property representative |
We are Open Daily everyday from 8 am until 6pm.
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Florence H
24 April 2017|
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Response from Sandra P | Property representative |
The Old Montana Prison Museum and Montana Auto Museum are open year round.
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