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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

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Address: 555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
Phone Number:
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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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A really good tour

My wife and I really enjoyed the fun and fact filled your . So interesting to go inside and see what most of the public never see . It was very interactive the tour guides were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed the fun and fact filled your . So interesting to go inside and see what most of the public never see . It was very interactive the tour guides were great . I'm so glad we got to go .

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is a must see. It has such a fantastic collection of prison made weapons. There are replica cells, one from the 1800's and current day. The museum does focus mainly on Kingston Penitentiary, which is interesting being that it was Canada's oldest penitentiary. If you are visiting Kingston, make this a stop on your travels if you are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of really cool little artifacts. Make sure to read the blurbs as the stories are what make most of the items really cool.

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Thank Darren S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the museum offers visitors a view into the minds of those incarcerated. We started the day by going to jail! Kingston Pen which closed in 2013 (still waiting to hear if they are going to be offering dates again this year), walking around and listening to the guards tells us about what is was like working there. When the... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're lucky enough to score tickets to the Kingston Pens, you too can walk the walk of Canada's most notorious POS killers like Toronto's "shoeshine" murderer freak, Saul David Betesh, or Canada's very own tax payer sponsored / military payroll benefactor sicko rapist murderer Major David Russell Williams, or one half of the St. Catharines duo perv love-couple Carla... More 

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Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit Kingston, you can't miss it! Go before or after your tour of KP and see interesting items and learn great details about Canada's penal system history. The tour is self guided, which I enjoyed the most, the museum is small, so it won't take long!

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits were great. Showed different types of weapons made while in prison. History of Kingston Pen was creepy.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The office staff was just wonderful to explain the exhibits. Had a little over an hour to explore before we had to leave. Have to go back to finish looking at all the amazing stuff they have collected from prisoners.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Since we couldn't go on the Kingston Penitentiary tour (booked for weeks), this is the next best thing and all for the price of a voluntary donation. Saw interesting exhibits and even a mock-up of older to more current jail cells. Very historical and informative. Staff was great and we spent a wonderful hour or so perusing this museum. A... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Kingston penitentiary museum is located right across the street from the now closed Kingston Pen (which you can tour but is often booked up). The museum is small, really just an old historic house but has lots of very interesting displays. Considering that as an entrance fee all they ask for is a small (voluntary) donation, the museum is... More 

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