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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. Using our world travel planner, Tombstone attractions like Bird Cage Theatre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I don't want to give too much away and take from the coolness of this place. It's honestly something you need to see for yourself. The employees were very knowledgeable about the theater and it's hist...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    It is like walking through the door of time and stepping back into history. The see the old theatre in person is amazing. You can feel the old time vibe of days long ago. You enjoy a time capsule of h...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    The history of this place is so cool, so much to absorb and see, i just wish it was still set up like it was back in the day at least the main floor, the basement i dont has been touched in 100 years ...  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    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!
  • March 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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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