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Old Montana Prison Complex

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Address: 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Phone Number: +1 406-846-3111
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Old Montana Prison Complex consists of 5 museums and is open Daily...

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 (SO-Western History), Yesterday's Playthings (SO-dolls and toys) and Powell County Museum (SO-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.

(SO = Summer only, please inquire at Visitor Center for opening dates and hours)

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Imagine a prison in the middle of town!

We had an extra day and were told to take the time to visit the town of Deer Lodge. What an incredible place. For the price of admission to the prison, which we spent 2 hours... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Avondale, Arizona

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Avondale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had an extra day and were told to take the time to visit the town of Deer Lodge. What an incredible place. For the price of admission to the prison, which we spent 2 hours in, the ticket entitles you to the four other museums across the street. Those museums were also impressive. What we truly enjoyed with the... More 

Thank lola10116
Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The real deal, a genuine, almost intact old prison that offers all you can want. From the guardhouses, to the old cell house, the women's prison, to the hole. It is all open and available for you to enjoy!

Thank Highwood54
Ronan, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had lots of fun, this was our second tour. Didn't catch any EVPs this time, but loads last time. Got great pictures though.

Thank lscordis
washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

First stop on our road trip. Our girls age 8 and 10 both enjoyed the prison and several other museums on the complex. Just enough information to keep us and them interested and plenty of room for kids to wander around.

Thank mommysunshine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This was our second time we visited the prison and it was just as enjoyable as the first time. A definite MUST SEE while you are in Deer Lodge!!

Thank Mary H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We were in town without much else to do and really enjoyed the Old Montana Prison experience. Crazy to think that it was still running until 1979!

Thank I3188DSstephaniem
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The Old Montana prison complex is quite interesting and they give you a great walking tour booklet to follow. You really get to see a lot of the prison. We spent a couple hours and enjoyed it a lot.

Thank Serenewandering
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Without rehashing specifics of what the museum actually shows-we enjoyed a couple of hours in Deer Lodge. It's $15 for admission, but if you're military, law enforcement, or a AAA member, it's $12. The thing that surprised me the most was that this place was in operation until 1979. Highlights for me were the actual gallows on display in the... More 

Thank Bruce P
Naples FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We really enjoyed our visit to the old prison that was built shortly after the Civil War and was closed in 1970's. The self guided tour takes you through the various buildings to see the cell conditions, common areas and administration building. It is a shock to see the spartan condition that inmates lived, compared to current day prison life.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I have visited this place twice during the day and did the nightly ghost tour once, and I will probably visit a few more times again. The history here is very interesting. During the day, it is not a guided tour which I enjoy because you can spend as little or as much time as you would like. The employees... More 

Thank Ashley M

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