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“Very Informative, amazing the history that is here. Some of Canadas most violent criminals”

Canada's Penitentiary Museum
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US$415.17*
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Ranked #1 of 105 things to do in Kingston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 March 2014

All the history that has happened in our midst, while working and living in Kingston, a true piece of History

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Kingston Penitentiary was opened in 1835 and remained in use until September 2013. It was constructed by the inmates using limestone from the local quarry's. The tour guide that accompanied our group is an Assistant Warden at a nearby Institution but had previuosly worked at "K.P". During my career as a Police Officer I had occasion to attend K.P. on work related matters but it was very nice to actually tour the entire property at a "leisurely pace" with my wife. We are hopefull that Correctional Services will keep the Institution as it as and possible turn it into a museum. Unfortunately the tours only lasted for October and November and the place is now closed. We consider ourselves fontunate to have this opportunity to visit a fantastic piece of history.

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

Had a great tour of the Kingston Penitentiary. This lasted over two hours and left only a short time to visit the Museum across the road. The limited time we had has made us determined to return.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

was in addition to the closed Kingston Penetentiary tour that was offered after it closed. Very informative.

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

Another thing to check off my bucket list. I had wanted to go to Kingston for years for this and the ghost tour. We actually spent over an hour in this small museum reading and thoroughly looking at everything. There was a lovely gentleman minding the museum whose father had been a prison guard and he shared a great deal of knowledge with us about the Penn. This is the best museum I have ever been to and I will return. Made up for not being able to score tickets to you’re the Penn itself! Highly recommend stopping in if you are interested in corrections or history.

Thank Crystal C
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