Canon City, Colorado: Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Address:
201 N. 1st St., Canon City, CO
Directions:
On the west side of Canon City, just north of the town's new prison on First and Macon Avenue.
Hours:
Summer daily 10-6; off-season W-Su 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
719-269-3015
Admission:
Adults $8, kids $6
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Museum of Colorado Prisons.

Museum of Colorado Prisons

Features a real gas chamber, cell dioramas, and artifacts of penal life.

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Colorado's Gas Chamber

"America's Glamorous Gas Chambers." An actual gas chamber sits on the lawn of the Museum of Colorado Prisons.

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Prison coffin display.

Museum of Colorado Prisons

Self-tour of the prison museum was quite fun. Cells were decorated past and present. Had articles, stories, artifacts -- everything to enlighten you with what/who served time and why.

[Nona Fisher, 06/03/2021]

Gas chamber model.

Museum of Colorado Prisons

The most interesting artifact to me at the prison museum was a table top made from a collection of confiscated shivs. The gas chamber was a little unsettling to see.

[Nikki, 04/11/2017]

Prison cell display.

Museum of Colorado Prisons

Most of the old cells are set up with interesting exhibits, including some that don't appear to relate to prison.

[Chris Sack, 03/26/2016]

Perhaps the cruel practice of convict harpooning was discontinued before it was ever used...


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