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The Prison Museum of Sweden

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Address: 1-3 Hamiltongatan, Gavle 802 66, Sweden (Formerly Sveriges Fangelsemuseum / The Prison Museum of Sweden)
Phone Number: +46 26 65 44 30
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Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings....

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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Interestin seeing development of prisons in Scandinavia

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 August 2016
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 (rather gruesome). The other building was purpose built as a prison in the 19th century... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Collett T
Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 at 80SEK each. The staff are very friendly and they have good audio guides (available... More 

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Northern Norway, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles 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,

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 small, however; if you don't want to listen to an audio guide, it takes barely... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

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

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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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1 Thank Sarah N
Taby, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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.

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Gävle, Gävleborgs Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

The best is to buy ticket for ghoust tour when you do, for the price you also can come back to see the museum the next two days. The tour is between 6 and 8 and it is great. Actors are really scary. Perfect make up and acting. You get scared when not expected. Very, very well done. Worth the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

At first glance I thought that I'm going to see a great and impressive history about this place but it turned out that half of the museum was transformed into gov offices. And only a small portion was remaining for the museum to exhibit. However the small tour didn't take more than 15 mins to see the whole museum. The... More 

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