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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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Address: 555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-530-3122
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the...

Housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary, the museum offers a wide range of exhibits of artifacts from across Canada's federal Correctional system. Admission is by donation.

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Interesting stop for an hour

Well worth the stop and the time if you are already in Kingston. Disappointed not to be able to tour the actual prison BUT the governors house is full of interesting artifacts... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth the stop and the time if you are already in Kingston. Disappointed not to be able to tour the actual prison BUT the governors house is full of interesting artifacts from the prison. Very well presented and lots to see... but more of an hour or so, not a whole afternoon visit. Interesting exhibits and some gruesome reminders... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is so nice, the arquitecture of the building is similar to the castles, and in the interior have many things to discover how was the prision many years ago. The best time to visit the place is in summer time, because in winter time is closed.

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Thank Cesar R
Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Canada's oldest federal prison. Both historical and yet it had been modernized to remain open until recent years. A rare look at life behind bars. I have visited Alcatraz and this is a much better tour in a more interesting prison. Tour guide was great.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For those who want to have a glimpse into Canada's penal culture (past and somewhat present), there is no better place to visit than "Pen City" a.k.a. Kingston, and in particular the Penitentiary Museum. We've been a few times, most recently at an open doors event. The museum gives a cross-perspective of both inmate and lock-keeper over the ages. Personally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to get tickets to tour Kingston Penn ... Sold out. We were told this is the next best thing - this museum did not disappoint! Housed in the former warden's home, the museum is filled with artifacts from across Canada from federal prisons, and depicts what life was like as an inmate across the ages. Most interesting to us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the museum at the penitentiary and it was a very moving tour to see the way people lived in the corrections system many years ago, they different items, some looked torturous!! but it was time well spent.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the history. It was a great tour and the price was good. Well worth the money. I recommend this tour

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have an Iron Maiden! Laid out over 3 floors it gives you a gimps into Ontario's and Canada's reform system. The photos and descriptions were impressive.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Kingston Pen tour is well worth the money. The tour guides do a great job of telling the history of the place.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A specialized museum and archives collects artifacts relating to the correctional history of Canada, 1833 to the present. Exhibits of uniforms and contraband, as well as punishment and restraint devices. Very interesting place to visit and the people on site at the museum are all retired correctional officers so they have a wealth of information to share. I can highly... More 

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