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. Make Correctional Service of Canada Museum part of your personalized Kingston itinerary using our Kingston family vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I went to university in Kingston when this was a working maximum security prison, so an amazing experience to get to go inside. We went with teen kids and they really liked it too, except maybe too mu...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Very interesting. A must for anyone visiting the area. Take the time to see this gem. Very knowledgeable staff.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A must go to see , it is by donation and it shows all the interesting thing that were in the Penitentiary .. Take a camera , you will be able to show friends what it was like in Jail in Canada not so ...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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
  • June 25, 2017
    Very cool place. Loved the box of shivs!
  • November 28, 2016
    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.
  • November 15, 2016
    Some good information here. Some of the prisoners contraptions are wild. Good addition to kingston pen tour.
  • March 19, 2017
    Very interesting museum. Museum about history of prison.

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