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Stone walls, echoing halls, clanging doors -- all staples of our impressions of prisons and prison life. There are some that are no longer in use that the public can visit that perpetuate that image.  Others might surprise you.  As always, if we've missed any prisons now open to the public, please tell us.  
 

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  IA
 
Anamosa
 
Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum
 
PO Box 144
 
Anamosa                              IA
 
Phone   319 462-2386
 
Web Site  http://www.asphistory.com/museum/
 
Description  located just outside prison wall in former cheese factory
 
Type of Resource   Specialty Museum
 
Building Type   Prison
 
Industry /Profession Law Enforcement
 
New or Updated:      12/15/2003
Idaho
Boise
Old Idaho State Penitentiary
2445 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise ID 83712
Phone 208 334-2844
Web Site http://www.idahohistory.net/oldpen.html
Description housed prisoners from 1870-1913, now offers video presentation, tours, armaments collection
Type of Resource Historic Place
Building Type Prison
Collection A-F Arms
Owner/Operator: Idaho Historical Society
  Montana
Deer Lodge
Old Prison Museums
1106 Main Street
Deer Lodge MT 59722
Phone
406 846-3111
Web Site www.montanaoldprisonmuseums.com/
E-mail  oldprisonmuseums@in-tch.com
Description  7 museums and theatre on 22 acre site of old state prison
Type of Resource Historic Place
Building Type Prison
  New York
Ossining
Ossining Visitor Center
95 Broadway
Ossining NY 10562
Phone
914 941-3189
Web Site
Description
near famous Sing Sing prison, exhibits include weapons confiscated from prisoners, two jail cells like those inside, and a replica of the electric chair
Type of Resource Historic Place
Primary Focus Building
Building Type Prison
 

  PA

  Philadelphia

  Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

  2125 Fairmount Avenue

  Philadelphia  PA  19130    

  Phone  215 236-3300

  Web Site http://www.easternstate.org/index.html

  Description  multidisciplinary tour of first prison which sought redemption

  Type of Resource  Historic Place

  Primary Focus Building

  Building Type Prison

  Era  1829

  New or Updated:   9/22/2006

 

 

 

  TX

  Huntsville

  Huntsville Texas Prison Museum

  491 Hwy 75 N

  Huntsville   TX  77320    

  Phone   936 295-2155

  Web Site  http://www.txprisonmuseum.org/

  E-mail  mailto:tpmuseum@sbcglobal.net

  Description  exhibits on how convicts occupy themselves , confiscated weapons, jail

                    cells, electric chair

  Type of Resource   Historic Place

  Building Type   Prison

  Industry /Profession Law Enforcement

  New or Updated:  7/29/2004

West Virginia
Moundsville
West Virginia Penitentiary Tour
818 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville WV 26041
Phone
304 845-6200
Web Site www.pentours.com
Description prison vacated in 1990's now offers tours which begin with your arrival and processing from prison bus to lock up in a cell
Type of Resource Historic Place
Building Type Prison
Wyoming
Rawlins
Wyoming Frontier Prison
500 West Walnut Street
Rawlins WY 82301
Phone
307 324-4422
Web Site http://www.rawlins-wyoming.com/old_pen.htm
E-mail  wfp@rawlins-wyoming.com
Description prison from 1901-1981, guided tours with cells, gas chamber
Type of Resource Historic Place
Primary Focus Building
Building Type Prison
Era 1901
Last Update:  01/01/2011 Previous Site        Previous Page E-Mail Step Into Places
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