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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  • Ok. We dropped a $20 donation because we felt guilty. But what an amazing find. Great prison history. The volunteers can tell you everything! Must see the collection of make shift weapons confiscated ...  more »
  • The 2nd room on the right on the ground floor is a must visit. We covered the museum in an hour. Trolley stops by right at the door of the museum.  more »
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