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Museum Of Colorado Prisons

201 North 1st Street
719 269-3015

Cañon City, in southern Colorado, is the home of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, a showcase of the atmosphere and exhibits of days, staff and inmates gone by.

A visit to the the Royal Gorge Region isn't complete without stopping and "doing" time in this historical cell house that was the original Women's Correctional Facility constructed in 1935.

The Museum's mission is to be a regional resource center that preserves and presents the history and evolution of the Colorado prison system.


Rebecca Risk

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
What an interesting place! Many of the exhibits are actually inside the cells. Lots of displays that are super interesting. One of my favorites was the toilet paper artwork of the inmates. They have a sweet little gift shop that sells leather goods made by inmates of the Colorado prisons. Worth going to see.

Jeffrey Hobbs

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Has lots of cool things, from the prison's past, to see. Lots of information on the history of the prison and of it's inmates. There is a fee to tour the building. There is also a gift shop that has some pretty neat memorabilia. They even have old fashioned jail cell locks and keys for sale. And they look like old locks that were actually used. All in all, I had loads of fun!

Jennifer Roysdon

Monday, July 2, 2018
Interesting and educational opportunity. My 12 year old really enjoyed it too. Each cell is set up to show you a time period or specific prisoner. Fair price for entry as well.

Byron Caldwell

Friday, July 13, 2018
Very interesting and informative. Worth the admission. If hot outside great way to cool off and learn some history.

rhonda blaine

Friday, April 20, 2018
We had about an hour to kill so we stopped to check out the museum and it was well worth it. They supply a booklet that explains each exhibit for those who want to explore on their own or an mp3 player with an audio guide through the museum. There is a gift shop, clean restrooms, and a comprehensive history of the Colorado prison system. What a treasure!

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