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Texas Prison Museum

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Address: 491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
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+1 936-295-2155
10:00 - 17:00
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Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric...

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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It's unique. This place is a nice half day visit

We dropped by this museum on our way back from Sam Houston Museum. It is always nice to know even about prison as a part of Texas history

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Montgomery, Texas
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Montgomery, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dropped by this museum on our way back from Sam Houston Museum. It is always nice to know even about prison as a part of Texas history

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Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Texas electric chair (Old Sparky) is on display here plus history on the prison system over the last 150 years. Step into a replica of a cell, slide the door shut and have your picture taken. Also learn about the famous Texas Rodeo. See displays of illegal weapons made by inmates, along with artwork. The gift shop does sell many... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I thought admission was reasonable ($5 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 children). We spent about 1.5 hrs going through the entire museum. They have "Old Sparky", the electric chair used until 1964. Contraband weapons made by prisoners. Sculptures that inmates have carved out of wood. Photographs and stories of semi-famous people that have been incarcerated in Texas Prisons. Short film... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I heard of this museum from Dallas friends while heading to Houston, and checked it out on TA. It's a small but well-done museum covering the entire Texas prison system, that started at the Huntsville location, It includes some Bonnie&Clyde items, as it was here that they raided this prison to free some of their gang members, and that triggered... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Take some time if you visit this museum because it is full of interesting things. There are many pictures and aritfacts, such an array of weapons that were hand made by prisoners. It's amazing some of the things that can be used to make them. There is a sample jail cell that you can enter....gives you one more reason this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited the prison museum. Interesting history of the prison system along with the history of the Prison Rodeo.

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Huntsville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

There's a lot of history here, including Old Sparky, the electric chair used in executions before lethal injection. Lots of prisoner made items, some legal like game boards and cards, and other not so legal like weapons and "wedding rings." Lots of information here about the old prison rodeo, plus items you can buy which are made by the working... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Have worked for the Texas Prison system for over 35 years, all in Huntsville. This is my first visit to the Prison Museum. Well worth the money to see all that is offered in the museum including the history of the Texas Prison System.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

we where on a Texas holiday visiting many locations including the actual prison in Huntsville i first seen jim the MD on uk tv on a documentary life on death row Texas it was very interesting. we visited the museum and was very impressed and we had a chat to jim the MD. a very nice guy to meet and... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We visited the Texas Prison Museum on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. They've done a great job showcasing exhibits and telling the story of the Texas prison over the years. Lots to see, including both handiwork of the inmates of craftsmen quality woodwork, to the not so nice handiwork to make weapons. You'll want to set aside... More 

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