Canada's Penitentiary Museum, Kingston

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Gain some insight into life behind bars at Canada's Penitentiary Museum, located across from Kingston's penitentiary. Housed within the former warden's quarters, the museum displays improvised weapons, tools, and other items created by prisoners themselves with the most minimal of supplies. Former prison guards guide you through the exhibits, telling you stories of elaborate escape plans and contraband operations. Photographs, replicas, and other displays deepen your understanding of what life here was like, for both the guards and the inmates. Our Kingston day trip planning tool makes visiting Canada's Penitentiary Museum and other Kingston attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We went two families with teens a great tour with many interesting stores from retired staff. Fun was had by all.  more »
  • Get your tickets in advance. We did the standard tour (90 mintues) recently. Very well run, excellent observation of social contacts. Our tour guide (Sarah) was great; knowledgable, energetic, and...  more »
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  • This place is full of history and gives a good perspective as to how far we have come as a society when it comes to our institutions and inmates.
  • Was told that this was worth a visit over visiting the actual Kingston penitentiary. Interesting info. Staff were friendly and informative. Plus it's free!

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