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Folsom Prison Museum

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Address: Between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA
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+1 916-985-2561

The museum contains various exhibitions, including descriptions of...

The museum contains various exhibitions, including descriptions of executions and mugshots.

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Nice piece of history

While it is true that this museum is small, the contents within are worth the time spent. The museum allows for an insight of Folsom Prison's past from the last 1800. It's also a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Victorville, California
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are no tours of the Prison. You can only take photos of the east gate. There's a small but informative museum with a few artifacts staffed by retired Corrections Officers. If you're in the neighborhood....it's worth the visit. Otherwise, you might be disappointed.

Thank brkinlv
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unless you're a real prison history buff, I do NOT recommend this place. Everything you've always wanted to know about shivs and body cavity searches. Drive in. Take a photo of the front of the prison and leave.

Thank Cindy A
Victorville, California
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106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While it is true that this museum is small, the contents within are worth the time spent. The museum allows for an insight of Folsom Prison's past from the last 1800. It's also a wonderful place for the Johnny Cash fan. When visiting the museum, talk to the docents​ and discover a personal connection to history.

Thank mou2
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guards were so interesting and educated on the subject. Would love to return when the new museum opens. Who would think a prison visit would be such an experience.

Thank Kris V
Grafton, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of artifacts and signage. 18 minute video. Knowledgeable retired guards as custodians. Incredible samples of the prisoner crafts.

1 Thank Rob D
El Dorado Hills, California
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We often take out of town guests here when they want to visit the Folsom Prison Museum. It is staffed by retired Correctional Officers, who have great stories to share, and are very friendly. All of our guests always enjoy it.

1 Thank WesternAdventurer2C
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78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It doesn't take long to get through, but I had a fun time visiting here with a local friend. It has such a storied history, you owe it to yourself to visit. There's a charming front lawn and memorabilia inside.

1 Thank rocor335
Roseville, California
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218 reviews
94 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Driving up to the prison is kinda creepy with huge granite, block turrets. In a strange, and again creepy way, it's worth seeing....sort of. There are some fairly talented artists in there and if you ever want to pick up a velvet John Wayne or naked Kim Kardashien, this is your spot

Thank Steve R
Sydney, Australia
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115 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The museum is still in a small house next to the prison which gives it a great feeling but they are building a new bigger museum, The lady working in the museum was very knowledgable and it was interesting seeing at the memorabilia including weapons made in the prison and confiscated and also a match stitch Ferris wheel. Worth an... More 

1 Thank Andyk2121
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119 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Can't wait for the new building to be made. The current one is right next to the real prison what gives it another awesome exotic touch. The people working there are retired jail cops. So much to see and read, but due to small space everything is cramped up. Still worth the visit.

1 Thank CopyCat001

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