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Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone

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Originally built in 1881 as a theater, saloon, gambling parlor, and brothel, Bird Cage Theatre features original decor, including 120 bullet holes in the walls. Here you can visit rooms that have been untouched for over 100 years, and be in the same bedroom where Wyatt Earp stayed. See the infamous bird cages suspended on the wall just below the ceiling, where ladies of the night entertained their clients. In 1882, The New York Times called it "the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." Ask the staff for a ghost tour. To visit Bird Cage Theatre on your trip to Tombstone, use our Tombstone itinerary builder.
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  • What a great place absolutely amazing that this is in its original state . And un touched for 130 years. The history wrapped up in this place is just awesome. To see.  more »
  • Wish we could've stayed another day. I loved all of the history inside. Everything has information about the exhibits. There are even bullet holes by the stage. A must see!  more »
  • Great old time place to reminisce about the old Tombstone and Wild West. Has some great memorabilia of the west around the walls and on display though $10 each for 5 mins worth of entertainment is a b...  more »
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  • I've been to the infamous Bird Cage Theater 4 times in 6 years, and I always learn something new with every trip. Gambling, drinking, shows, and prostitution. What more could an old cowboy or prospector ask for in the 1880's. It's all here in the dusty‚Äč, yet beautiful town of TOMBSTONE. I also need to mention the GHOST TOURS that are offered here.
  • This place was awesome. The admission price was $10. This building is the only structure on Allen St. to survive the fire. They had a lot of great artifacts and the building itself was just worth the visit.
  • They have a haunted tour available after hours. Well worth it! Had the battery on my camera drained and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There are spirits there!
  • This is a must see if you are in Tombstone. It has been family owned for six generations. The owner asked us to not post photos of the inside as it takes away from the appeal. The staff dresses for the period and gives a very detailed tour and facts about the Birdcage. When the town ran dry, the theater was simply boarded up as is, until it was reopened. Broken bottles and everything left in place like a time capsule. All of the scenes that took place in Tombstone are still in place. They offer a haunted tour at night. Do not pass on this opportunity! Great staff and gift store. Also see the Gunfighters Museum.
  • Great experience going back in history however the ticket seller really put a downer on things by boring us to death with her "rehearsed" speech. She obviously didn't like her job. That really came across. If it weren't for the fact my husband really wanted to see the museum, I would have walked out.

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Where to stay in Tombstone

Tombstone may bill itself as the "Town Too Tough to Die," but there's nothing too tough about its accommodations. This frontier town offers a good selection of affordable inns and small motels providing every comfort of home in or near the historic central district. Most of the town's bed and breakfasts provide cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and access to a private swimming pool. For a more rustic "Wild West" experience, pitch a tent at one of Tombstone's campgrounds.
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