Old Montana Prison Museum, Deer Lodge

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#7 of 49 in Museums in Montana
OLD PRISON - MONTANA AUTO MUSEUM - FRONTIER MONTANA - YESTERDAY'S PLAYTHINGS - POWELL COUNTY MUSEUM - COTTONWOOD CITY - MILWAUKEE ROAD.

PLEASE NOTE: OPEN seven days a week throughout the year. CLOSED from December 19th 2015 till January 5th 2016.

Attractions include:

* Old Montana Prison (includes the 1912 Cell House and Maximum Security)

* Montana Auto Museum (over 150 cars, from the 1890's to the 1980's)

* Yesterday's Plaything (Toys, dolls and model railroads)-(SO)

* Frontier Montana (Western Memorabilia)

* Powell County Museum (Local history, mining and wood carving collections)-(SO)

* Milwaukee Railroad Exhibits (Little Joe E70, E9 36A, caboose, etc.)

-(SO)=Summer Only (Mid May till Early September)

ADMISSION FEE IS GOOD FOR ALL MUSEUMS AND IS VALID FOR 2 VISITS.
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  • It's not every day you get to tour an old prison. Following the tour guide map you'll get a sense of what prison life would have been like. From the cell blocks the hole, the mess hall to the wardens ...  more »
  • Spent a wonderful evening exploring the prison and hearing about all the ghostly happenings. I've been here during the day and went thru the car museum as well as the prison but the ghost tour was a r...  more »
  • One low admission price gives you entry to 5 very interesting museums. The first is the old Montana State Prison. This was the state prison until the 1970s. Most of the exhibits were on 50s & 60s life...  more »
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  • Wow! Hot damn! Only $10 to get into here and the other 2 neighboring museums! But could've easily spent hours in this one alone! Well worth the extra 30 min of driving to get here. Plan more than 3 hours for your total visit - there's a lot to see! Eerie and creepy... but fun, addicting, informative!
  • Haven't done the tour yet but in just the entry there was enough to learn about for days. A must see for old car fans and historical small town living where the prison is the epicenter of it all for century's.
  • It's really cool and the history is all laid out so you can read it. My only problem is in the picture history building there's black mold everywhere and it's extremely obvious. While I understand that it's an old building, the plasterboard put up to hold the pictures is starting to grow some too. There really should be a warning. You get to see a piece of everything though and there are some artifacts put up that explains a lot. Excellent job in designing the layout for the museum transformation
  • my husband and I stopped here and was given a 20% discount for being law enforcement...the prison was cool to walk through..there were some places I wanted to go but it was locked up...but that's just because I'm super nosey...the only place that gave e the creeps was the newer prison cells we were at the cell where the movie signs were and a felt a hot breath on my face. I thought it was my husband but he was looking at the signs and not breathing on me...the hot breath was there the whole time I was standing there I told my husband that I don't like thus cell and was backing away..it finally went away but I felt strange afterwards...it is a very cool place to visit and I will go back just minus the hot breath...
  • The car museum is huge. The prison tour is self guided and there was a lot of information that was anecdotal. My family enjoyed this a lot! And, if you do go there, be sure to go the gift shop across the street. They had the most beautiful handmade jewelry, horsehair bridles, belts, riding crops, art, and blankets made by inmates to help repay their restitution!

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