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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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  • My husband and I took the tour this past summer. We live in Kingston and have wanted to go since they began offering tours of the penitentiary. It was mesmerizing, informative and we had a fantastic t...  more »
  • This museum is across high security jail in Kingston, entrance is free by donations only. Staff was very helpful and story were interesting about successful escapes. Also were able to see how life con...  more »
  • We toured the Museum this summer with some friends from out of town. I had forgotten that this museum tour was available! We had an excellent tour guide and learned a lot about Kingston's Penitentiari...  more »
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  • 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