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 Kingston and other {2} attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Don't miss this. It's amazing what prisoners made to escape. Look out for the toothbrush. Great knowledgeable staff.  more »
  • Every room was full of interesting articles in an historic well preserved building. Self guiding so could take your time absorbing all the info about prison life.  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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