Correctional Service of Canada Museum, Kingston

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Gain some insight into life behind bars at Correctional Service of Canada 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 Correctional Service of Canada Museum and other Kingston attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We went to the Penitentiary Museum following a tour of KP. It was very fascinating to see and learn different things from KP and other prisons. We enjoyed learning even more following the tour over at...  more »
  • We visited Kingston in August but did not pre-book the Kingston Penitentiary tour so figured we would take a quick look at the FREE Penitentiary Museum directly across the street. The building is the ...  more »
  • The museum was previously the governors mansion in the original format of the prison and was featured in the production of Alias Grace CBC TV. 2017 is Canada's 150 anniversary of confederation & so th...  more »
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  • Very cool. A must if you're planning on going to the penitentiary tour. Tons of weapons confiscated from prisoners. It's located in the wardens house across the street
  • Very cool place. Loved the box of shivs!
  • Very informative and extremely fun. Great place to come to when on a trip in Kingston. Staff that work there are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Some good information here. Some of the prisoners contraptions are wild. Good addition to kingston pen tour.
  • Very interesting museum. Museum about history of prison.

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