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Canada's Penitentiary Museum

555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
+1 613-530-3122
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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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555 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V7, Canada
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+1 613-530-3122
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"kingston pen"
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"across the street"
in 65 reviews
"torture devices"
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"confiscated weapons"
in 9 reviews
"prison guard"
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"interesting exhibits"
in 11 reviews
"prison life"
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"escape attempts"
in 14 reviews
"donation box"
in 11 reviews
"an eye opener"
in 11 reviews
"on display"
in 26 reviews
"self guided"
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"worth a visit"
in 25 reviews
"old house"
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"premium tour"
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"answer questions"
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"excellent tour"
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

My Husband and I visited this museum as part of our Kingston penitentiary tour. There was so much intriguing information! Very interesting! Highly recommend!

Thank Julia K
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Tour guide was fantastic explaining all the facilities with great antecdotes! I would not recommend for young children. Museum across street for prison is great and most staff are ex guards and very interesting with there stories.....a place that isn’t out to sell you anything...More

Thank mradtech
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

A fascinating way to spend a couple of hours. The ingenuity of the inmates' escape attempts is fascinating, their ability to make home brew, and the knowledge of their living conditions is a wonderful learning adventure.

Thank Fitzpatrick M
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Situated across from the the old Kingston Penitentiary where Paul Bernardo and many other savoury characters called home at one time, this museum is fascinating. You can see tools that prisoners made to help them get rid of people they didn’t like, torture tools, old...More

Thank 1955Debbie1955
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

So interesting and we learned a lot during the tour. It went along very smoothly and the volunteers were very educated about the history and happenings at the pen throughout the years being open. Would definitely recommend it to any visitors.

Thank Nadine S
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Kingston has a very rich history of Penitentiary life being the former capital of Canada. You get a glimpse of the dark underbelly of our early penal system. Nothing fancy here but it is interesting and worth the visit while your waiting to go on...More

Thank Rick T
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

It was my second time going through, amazing to see different escape methods used, old vs. new jail cells; and so much history. I recommend it.

Thank keebler69
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Excellent Museum To Visit & See how Prisoners Dealt With Doing Hard Time.It compliments A Visit To The Pen Tour & other interesting areas around Portsmouth Village.

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

great to visit before or after your tour of Kingston Penitentiary curator is extremely knowledgeable

Thank M w
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

I very much enjoyed the museum. There were many interesting displays. Some were Very graphic. It’s something you should go see once.

Thank Jimmy P
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McKenzyBoow
3 April 2018|
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Response from Norma C | Reviewed this property |
The museum is free. The Kingston pen fee is online. You should book though because it’s always booked up.
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Linja U
3 August 2017|
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Response from Silvie M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think dogs are allowed
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Canadianmom218
19 July 2017|
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Response from Yvette44 | Reviewed this property |
For Teens yes, because they are more worldly, but pre-teen girl, no, because there are bad words on the walls, and the cells are kind of dingy, and very Real! 😳
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