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Texas Prison Museum, Huntsville

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The Texas Prison Museum is home to the Texas Electric Chair, Old Sparky, and many other interesting displays from the 150 plus years of our state's prison history. Among other items is a replica cell, items from the famous Texas Prison Rodeo, illegal weapons made by inmates, inmate artwork, the Carrasco prison siege, prisons escapes, famous inmates, and much, much more.

Also come by and check out our gift shop, which sales many items that are hand-made by inmates.

We also have a 4,000 square foot conference room available for rent. Please call for information and reservations.
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  • We popped here while on a Texas road trip and I loved it!! It was so informative and interesting and only 7 dollars to get in... great value for money!! The staff here were very friendly and welcoming...  more »
  • The museum itself has a lot of. Ice historical artifacts. It’s well presented and interesting. The gift shop is a plus, with some fun items and hand made crafts as well.  more »
  • A very moving museum with goosebumps factor, it is very informantal about the emergence of the prison system and the death penalty. However, it is somehow macabre since right behind the museum is the death row.
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  • Great museum with lots of unique items including Old Sparky. The Prison Rodeo information was incredible to read about and seeing all the artifacts was really cool. Excellent museum to stop in and see especially if you enjoy history!
  • Very cool place. They have an assorted sections of all things related to Texas prisons. It was very fun to look at all the items and it's very well organized. My favorite was seeing the prison cell. I would definitely return.
  • The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Great pieces of history plus had a few hands on things, unfortunately not the chair. I will definitely go back once my youngest two kids are older.
  • Very interesting museum. Informative diarama of prison grounds. Covers a lot of topics including prison rodeo (not kidding), contraband, items made by prisoners in shops and prisoner education. Should really also drive by the prison itself a few miles away and the prisoner graveyard where thousands are buried.
  • This is a great museum! Worth the price, and they have nice items to purchase. The video was educational and the history was fascinating. This is not the place to take small children, lots of reading and not much playing.
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