Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Canada's Only Prison Museum

Self-guided exhibits interpreting the history and practices of the Canadian penal system (there are 52 federal pens). Uniforms, contraband, convict art. Across the street from a real penitentiary you can tour.

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

555 King St. W., Kingston, ON, Canada
May-Oct M-f 9-4, Sa-Su 10-4, Nov-Apr closed Sa-Su. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donation suggested.
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Canada's Only Prison Museum

Worth the trip, and if you have time, should take the KP tour across the street.

[Tanya Staddon, 06/29/2019]

The Correctional Service of Canada Museum is inside the old Warden's house, across from Kingston Penitentiary (KP). The maximum security prison closed in 2013. KP once held the "Vampire Rapist;" also Grace Marks, a maid convicted of involvement in murders (and historical basis for novelist Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace").

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