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“Great History of Prison”

Folsom Prison Museum
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Folsom
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The museum contains various exhibitions, including descriptions of executions and mugshots.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Visited museum with friends from out of town and truly enjoyed. History of prison is well presented. Would highly recommend this for the educational experience

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

It's tiny but they have a great movie about the prison well worth watching. It cost $2.00 per person admission. It is very informative and a learning experience.

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Truely a wonderful part of living history! Intersting to see the actual weapons made by inmates in a prison that still holds criminals.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Johnny Cash! Been a fan all my life. What saved Johnny's career. His big heart and the inmates at Folsom Prison, who appreciated the "man in black".

The museum is located on prison grounds just inside the old gates. It is adjacent to the visitors center, where family and friends, et. al. of prisoners must park and go through the screening process for visitation. The crowd is a cross section of America and some folks are just plain rough around the edges. Nothing to fear though, this is after all, an American maximum security prison and they take your personal security very seriously. This was a concern of my wife but after we left, she had to admit that she felt secure the whole time. We even took a short stroll outside the prison walls.

The museum itself is located in a small old guard residence. It is a two story structure that houses artifacts, photos, and objects of confinement spanning the duration of the prison's history. The museum is not-for-profit, with all proceeds going to multiple charities. They sell t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs as well.

The "tour" starts with a short movie and then a walk through the house to look at various exhibits. The museum is staffed by retired prison guards. These are tough men that demand respect. If you give it to them, you'll get it back in the form of some great stories. If not, they'll ignore you. The guard that hosted us made it very clear about his feelings towards Joaquim Phoenix, when he was there to film "Walk the Line". The guard said that, "that boy sure had a mouth full of profanity and wasn't polite."

All in all, this attraction is interesting to both Johnny Cash fans and prison buffs. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

3  Thank Pietro S
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

The Folsom Prison Museum turned out to be much more interesting than we anticipated. The museum has many historical artifacts and photographs, plus you can watch a Huell Howser "California Gold" video featuring the prison. One of the unexpected attractions was a replica of a typical 1880's prison cell. The museum's docents are retired prison guards and they are very wiling to answer any questions and to share their historical perspective on the prison.

2  Thank DSteveCA
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