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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 wife and I really enjoyed the fun and fact filled your . So interesting to go inside and see what most of the public never see . It was very interactive the tour guides were great . I'm so glad we ...  more »
  • This place is a must see. It has such a fantastic collection of prison made weapons. There are replica cells, one from the 1800's and current day. The museum does focus mainly on Kingston Penitentiary...  more »
  • Lots of really cool little artifacts. Make sure to read the blurbs as the stories are what make most of the items really cool. 
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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