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Folsom Prison Museum

Between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA
+1 916-985-2561
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We are making a point of experiencing our local area for attractions. I was pretty excited to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
eryn d
Placerville, California
via mobile
Cool bit of History

Only wanted to go for the Johnny Cash t shirts for my kids but was surprised by all the history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Corona, United States
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The museum contains various exhibitions, including descriptions of executions and mugshots.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA
+1 916-985-2561
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are making a point of experiencing our local area for attractions. I was pretty excited to see there was a museum at Folsom prison. If you take the time to read the info provided you'll be enjoyed very interesting stories and details. You are...More

Thank eryn d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only wanted to go for the Johnny Cash t shirts for my kids but was surprised by all the history inside this little house. You can see anything form the CA license plates that are made at the prison to Johnny Cash memorabilia to lots...More

Thank JenJen1865
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small kind of silly museum but everyone asks when you go to Folsom, everyone asks if you went to the prison, since I had no one to visit there this was the best I could do. Good place to by a t-shirt...More

Thank WesternMAtravels
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

You can't go to Folsom without visiting this place! Make sure you see the 20 minute video giving a presentation of the prison as well. The museum shows you confiscated items from inmates, stuff they've made, uniforms, a mock cell (notice the eyes in the...More

Thank InaMP
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Visited with family and friends. The museum has various artifacts from the early days of the prison. The museum has a room dedicated to Johnny Cash and his influence on the prison and music he made. It was very interesting for history buffs and younger...More

Thank AJBHarley2005
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Famous Folsom prison!!! The second prison in the state, built for prisoners by prisoners in the early 1900's. This low cost tour is very eye opening! It's a small museum just outside the east gate, packed full of interesting artifacts and information. if you're coming...More

Thank klamfear
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

As we were driving to the museum through the grounds of the prison it was so unappealing with the large stone walls and guard towers that we felt uncomfortable and turned around and left.

Thank 48mel
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Cash was not a prisoner there! Many people believe that, but you can find out all the details about it if you visit the unusual museum at the inside gate. The 'docents' of this museum are mostly retired former prison guards, and they have some...More

1  Thank 328Myrtis
Reviewed 23 May 2017 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
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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
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18 January 2017|
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Response from 206aliceo | Reviewed this property |
No. He actually played inside the prison and you cannot go inside. The museum is located outside the gates.
Shirley C
14 January 2015|
Response from 206aliceo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think anyone is allowed inside the prison. The museum is small, no need for a tour