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Texas Prison Museum, Huntsville

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The Texas Prison Museum is located in Huntsville, Texas.
The non-profit museum features the history of the prison system in Texas (Huntsville is the home of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and several prisons including the Ellis Unit which previously housed death row, and Huntsville Unit which houses the execution chamber). There are many different artifacts in the museum, including an electric chair named "Old Sparky" that was formerly used from 1924 to 1964 as the primary means of execution.
The museum was founded in 1989 and originally located in downtown Huntsville. It moved to its current location northwest of town (on Texas State Highway 75 at Interstate 45 Exit 118) in 2002.
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  • Due to my true crime obsession, a family member suggested I visit this museum on my way home. I spent almost 3 hours here - I shouldn't have because I had a long drive ahead of me, but it was so... 
    Due to my true crime obsession, a family member suggested I visit this museum on my way home. I spent almost 3 hours here - I shouldn't have because I had a long drive ahead of me, but it was so...  more »
  • If you are interested in prison history in the United States this is a must visit. Very informative exhibits on the history of the Texas prison system. Working in a prison, in the northeast part of... 
    If you are interested in prison history in the United States this is a must visit. Very informative exhibits on the history of the Texas prison system. Working in a prison, in the northeast part of...  more »
  • We decided to stop at the Texas Prison Museum on our way back from Houston. The museum is very nicely done and the staff was very friendly. Lots of interesting items and information about the history....  more
    We decided to stop at the Texas Prison Museum on our way back from Houston. The museum is very nicely done and the staff was very friendly. Lots of interesting items and information about the history....  more »
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  • This place is dope. To learn about the history of the prison system, all the changes and advances was definitely something I needed. They have about a four minute video that you can watch before taking your tour that just tells you about the prison system and how it got started. While in there, You get to read the stories of what both inmates and staff went through. They charge for the tour but it’s definitely worth it and they have tons of memorabilia made by inmates there to purchase. If you’re driving through, definitely stop by. The staff there are so friendly and helpful. I didn’t take more pictures because there was just wayyyyyy too much stuff to photograph. It literally would’ve been 100 plus pictures.
  • Great place to learn about some important prison history. Very educational & enjoyable for the whole family! Facility was very clean & spacious for social distancing. Gift shop was also very cool with most things made by the inmates.
  • Great museum! Very helpful and friendly folks. Learned a lot. We had a prison ministry in Georgia many years and it is always interesting to see how it’s done elsewhere. Well done y’all!
  • I was always hesitant about visiting but pleasantly surprised, when deciding to go. The staff was friendly and helpful. There are many artifacts and items to view and details about famous and infamous inmates throughout the years. Pictures showing the history and timeline of the prisons, life as an inmate and changes that have occurred over time. In the 70’s a small group of inmates took the prison to court and won, for better more humane treatment. There is an actual cell to view, as well as an electric chair, items from the prison rodeo and more. My favorite was learning about an educational program that is offered to inmates—most inmates have only up to a 6th grade education—this program allows them to earn a GED or a skill.
  • A visit to Huntsville needs to include the Texas Prison Museum, home of Old Sparky aka the electric chair. The museum exists to detail the history of Texas prison, not promoting the political sides of prison. Lots of great information in here from the history of Texas prison, infamous inmates such as Clyde from Bonnie and Clyde, incidents, as well as prison rodeo exhibits. My personal favorite was the contraband of weapons made by inmates, including an art project full of razor blades. Can't forget the most famous exhibit, the electric chair "Old Sparky". I definitely recommend a visit to the Texas Prison Museum. Will open your eyes to life and culture in prison. A great visit to compliment the museum is Mr. Hamburger. Many death row inmates have requested Mr. Hamburger as their last meal. Restaurant contains lots of pictures of Texas prisons.

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