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Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address: 201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
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+1 719-269-3015
10:00 - 05:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Interesting and worth a visit

Lots of history and very well presented. The displays and audio tour is done to make sure you have information about the prison for its long history. The gift shop is also a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bob P
Indio, California
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Canon City, Colorado
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of my first stops after moving to Canon City. I found it interesting, but I left a little depressed. Obviously the subject matter is quite sad, Altho once you get downstairs and see some of the artwork, you feel hopeful that there's some good in the system as well as the prisoners that pass through. I felt... More 

Thank junim00n
Miami, Florida
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went and it was like 5:10 pm and it was closed! we stood in the gate and a woman came out of the museum just to let us know they were closed! when we told her in all places it said the close at 6! all she did was say "sorry" we are open tomorrow!

Thank magdabruna
Indio, California
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history and very well presented. The displays and audio tour is done to make sure you have information about the prison for its long history. The gift shop is also a good visit

Thank Bob P
Cascade, Colorado
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an inexpensive museum to visit at $7.00 per adult. They do give Senior (over 65) and Military discounts (Active Duty or Retired). The museum offers a self guided tour and each of the different cells provides an exhibit of life in the prison system, the equipment that was used by the correction system, and so on. There is... More 

Thank Kelly F
South Hadley
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the attraction. It was extremely interesting. Lots to see and read. We spent more than 2 hours there and wanted to read/ see more about past events. We were even looking people/ events up on our phones as we went along. Very interesting, we couldn't get enough.

Thank Donna W
Key West, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This museum is awesome! As a correctional nurse, the info you receive here was so interesting. My mom even enjoyed it. It is a self guided tour, you can go as slow or as fast as you want.

Thank hollys611
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

You can spend anywhere from 15 mins to 2 hrs in here depending on how much you wanna read. They have old cells filled with info from canon city or some of the prisons themselves. I think there are 2 floors. In the basement you can look st the kitchen and some cool art work. All in all, it's worth... More 

Thank Alli C
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

What an interesting place. So much to see. Very informative and set out really well. Easy to do a self guided tour with just the booklet. One can read as much or as little as they like.

Thank Jneene
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6 reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

It is interesting to, but way over priced for the 10 minutes it takes you to go through it! If you excited to see tiny prison cells..this is your place. I would not recommend to my friends or family.

Thank Linda F
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

What says Americana more than a museum for prisoners, wardens, & other penitentiary workers? A hidden mother load near the Rockies full of memories and mementos, both good and bad. If you want to learn about life behind bars without committing a felony, this is the museum for you. What you see here might surprise and even change the way... More 

Thank Jay M

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