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The Prison Museum of Sweden

Opens in 16 min: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Prison life from 1732

This was an unexpected surprise find. After visiting Gävle to see the Julbocken Christmas straw... read more

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MarkS6239
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Really interesting prison museum. The audio guide is really nice and the entire layout is well... read more

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Experience prison conditions of the past in two unique prison buildings. Follow history from the old castle jail with its underground dungeons, dating back to the mid-1600s, to one of Sweden’s first penitentiaries, dating from 1847. You will witness...more
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1-3 Hamiltongatan, Gavle 802 66, Sweden
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Reviewed yesterday

This was an unexpected surprise find. After visiting Gävle to see the Julbocken Christmas straw goat, we found a sign to this museum. It was really interesting and with an excellent audio guide that gave just enough interesting facts without being over the top. Really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting prison museum. The audio guide is really nice and the entire layout is well thought out and educational. Make sure you check out both parts, the medieval dungeon and the more recent prison. Great value, takes less than an hour to go through.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Masticater
Reviewed 25 September 2018

The museum is situated in two old prisons, on the south side of the Gävle river. The old castle jail with its dungeons is from 1732. The other is building is one of Sweden's first penitentiaries from 1847. Here you will experience exciting exhibitions about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mikael F
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Very interesting museum with excellent audio set up included in price of admission. It presents the way crime and punishment has evolved over the centuries in Gävle in a little house across the street from the main prison. Then you can tour the prison cells...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Eloma125
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

If you love museums then this is a place to visit Quite interesting history about the prisons. The place is not so big but its close to the city square.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank TottieZainab
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Apart from several interesting stories, offerring rather basic and obvious info. If you don't speak Swedish, you'll only have the short audioguide (included in ticket price), all descriptions are in Swedish only. And it's very small, several cells and a couple of rooms in another...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank JonDoe04134
Reviewed 29 June 2017

It was little expensive for the size of the museum. I visited the same along with my friends, and few parts are under renovation. It was held in two buildings sitting opposite one another the first shows how prisoners were kept.......... The other building was...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank mishrarohit9
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Held in two buildings sitting opposite one another the first shows how prisoners were kept before specific buildings were erected according to "modern" ie 19th century principles, with descriptions of what they were imprisoned for, stories of some of them, methods of punishment and execution...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Cappacino_Girl
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

It was okay as a time killer, a few interesting facts but expensive for the size of the museum. The staff were great though and made the experience better.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Collett T
Reviewed 13 December 2015

This small museum covers the history of prisons in Sweden. You can walk here from the train station. It is split into 2 parts, in 2 buildings, with a section from the 1600s and one from the 1800s. The museum is small but good value...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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