Trip Planner:   Canada  /  Ontario  /  Kingston  /  Museums  /  Correctional Service of Canada Museum

Correctional Service of Canada Museum, Kingston

(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Correctional Service of Canada Museum part of your personalized Kingston itinerary using our Kingston family vacation planner.
Create a full Kingston itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Kingston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Kingston by other users

44 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in United States, Toronto & Kingston BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Kingston BY A USER FROM CANADA April, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Canadian Rockies & Kingston BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Kingston BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This museum is my favourite museum in Kingston! So many things to look at and learn from. Donations are accepted as a form of payment when visiting. Kingston Penitentiary is right across the street an...  more »
  • Interesting to see the history and the former wardens residence. The place is free or by donation. They have allot of artifacts and allot of stories to go along with it. In the back they have what cel...  more »
  • While small, the Penitentiary Museum offers a little of something for both adults and children. I visited with my 7 year-old granddaughter, who isn't known for having a great attention span. We both t...  more »
Google
  • Some good information here. Some of the prisoners contraptions are wild. Good addition to kingston pen tour.
  • Interesting artifacts/memorabilia, well informed staff, well organized displays
  • Pretty good museum. Takes around an hour to get through everything. Run by volunteers. No cost but donations welcome. Definitely worth it if you're already in Kingston. This isn't the penitentiary tour but rather a museum located in the old Warden's house.
  • Interesting museum with different exhibits and good educational experience for my kids.
  • Very cool museum, free entry, donations accepted, very informative and eye catching