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Museum of Colorado Prisons

201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
+1 719-269-3015
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Canon City History

First of all when you visit our town, Cañon City you’ll notice just how many prisons we do have and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Fun trip!

We enjoyed this! There is an self guided audio tour that explains everything as you go, and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
201 N 1st St, Canon City, CO 81212-3219
+1 719-269-3015
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First of all when you visit our town, Cañon City you’ll notice just how many prisons we do have and how many citizens and their families re employed by the department of corrections. This museum depicts what it was like back in the day and...More

Thank jennaleigh13
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this! There is an self guided audio tour that explains everything as you go, and the inmate artwork and handcrafts are fantastic. They have samples of cookies in the gift shop and you can buy all kinds of handmade items.

Thank sonjab279
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting and informative depiction of prison history in Canon City. It was not crowded, we could take our time on a self-guided tour or use their headphones for an audio guide. We especially enjoyed the gallery of art doen by prisoners.

Thank mentonex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have been in other prison museums, this probably doesn't offer a lot that is new, but it is interesting to see information on the specific historical facts of the Colorado prison system and some of the notorious prisoners.

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used to live here in the 90's and never toured the museum before so we made this our first stop when we came to Canon City. Really enjoyed the museum, so much information. Really holds your interest with the escape stories, young criminals, and...More

1  Thank James and Sandr... B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been in old jails before. This one is interesting and worth the visit because of it's abundance of displays and information. Altogether it paints a complete picture of life during the years this facility was actively used. Give yourself a good hour plus to...More

Thank 409josephk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting the Royal Gorge and decided to stop in on a whim. It was far more interesting then we thought it might be. The history of women inmates to inmate art work to seeing how prison life changed over the years was interesting....More

Thank MountainstoSea113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating place to visit. Individual stories were the best. I liked the prison art. Escape stories too. Colorado has a colorful history of lawlessness.

Thank Melanie C
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Very interesting and worth the stop!! The 'gas chamber' and lethal injection table sent chilled up my spine.

Thank DeGrammy
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Nice little museum full of historical prison/criminal stories and photos. Pictures of both correctional staff and inmates over the decades. Many articles to read. Some recreated designs of cells and devices. The shank wheel was interesting. Nice stop off. Spend a little time pursuing or...More

Thank ozbound08
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