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Missouri State Penitentiary Museum

Open Now: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Great companion to the Prison tour

The museum is included in the prison tour admission price. It is in the basement of the prison... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harrisonville, Missouri
The Dark History of the MSP

Opened my eyes to the inside world of what prison life was like at the MSP before changes were made... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rebecca W
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In conjunction with the Missouri State Penitentiary tours, the museum provides additional historical information about the famous prison that operated for 168 years. The museum houses MSP memorabilia as well as a replica cell that demonstrates the...more
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700 E Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101-4079
+1 866-998-6998
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is included in the prison tour admission price. It is in the basement of the prison Warden's house. Very interesting artifacts from the prison's heyday. Original guard's uniforms and equipment, home made weapons confiscated from prisoners, photos of music stars that performed at...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Opened my eyes to the inside world of what prison life was like at the MSP before changes were made for improved facilities and management. The exhibit about the 1954 riot and fire was very informative and I was surprised to see enlarged aerial photos...More

Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

What I really enjoyed about this museum is that it incorporate a lot of art and items that were actually made by the inmates. It was cheap and if you toured the prison it is free.

Thank Shelby P
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Mike and Gretchen did an excellent job providing a vast amount of history about the prison, ranging from its opening to close. They talked about the treatment that convicts received over the years, what they ate, how they slept, riots and prison personalities that included...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Stopped by to see MSP museum. It is small but has a lot of information. Staff is very knowledgeable and they have posters of famous people that were in the prison at one time.

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 16 August 2018

As part of the overall tour, see it. As a stand alone, it was limited in size and information, but does allow you to view some of the items confiscated from prisoners over the years. In that respect, it complements the prison tour and allows...More

Thank Doe O
Reviewed 23 July 2018

PROS : free street parking; free with penitentiary admission; in the basement of the Marmaduke home; friendly staff; A suggestion: pay for the penn tour online, then VISIT the museum first then go for the tour . that way the tour guides don’t need to...More

Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Went here after our tour of Mo State Penitentiary. A lot of pics, stories and jailhouse contraband as well as items made by inmates over the years the facility was open.

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 19 May 2018

At the end of the Missouri State Penitentiary tour, the guide (a former warden) told us about this museum. He highly recommended it. If we had paid for the tour, there was no additional cost for the museum. He told us, "Tell them that the...More

Thank KevinS2955
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We stopped in this museum after a tour of the Missouri Penitentiary. This museum has information on the famous prisoners that stayed at MSP. The price of admittance is free if you take the prison tour. The museum is limited to the basement. The staff...More

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