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Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma

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Walk into cells through iron-grate doors, see photographs and exhibits of notable prisoners, and take in views of the nearby river from the guard tower of Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Now a museum, the territory's first prison was built in 1876 by individuals who became its first inmates. Watch a video presentation to learn about the types of prisoners held here, such as a Mexican revolutionary, a female bandit, and a polygamist. You can walk around the park outside and picnic designated areas. Plan to visit Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yuma attractions using our Yuma itinerary builder.
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  • Seeing the prison cells and especially the "dark cell" was scary. No wonder prisoners never wanted to be kept there. Well worth seeing. Many pictures, personal items, and stories in "museum" area.  more »
  • Got to see how people lived a long time ago when in prison. After seeing this, I can't believe anyone survived in this environment.  more »
  • The old cells are dark and spooky and you wonder how they survived compared to how prisoners are treated now. The grounds and information was really interesting. Recommend this place.  more »
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  • The prison site is a very quick experience. I could tell the effort was high in making it enjoyable, yet I really thought that it is definitely an experience that won't be added to anyones bucket lists.
  • We got to see the structure of prison way back then, though it may have been better before, still, I would not like to stay here. :) There is a video showing, a museum about the history and stuff about the prison and its prisoners. You'll get to try the prison uniform for a sample mug shot from your phone. We liked the guard tower for the 360┬░view of the area. Don't forget to check and buy souvenirs at the shop.
  • Nice peak into history! The grounds were well maintained and clean and the staff was nice. The museum was pretty cool and contained a lot of information, photos and original artifacts. As an adult i paid a $6 ticket fee and it was money well spent. Would definitely visit again when i'm in the area.
  • Been here several times. As a kid, when in college, and now brought my own kid here for her first time. Always a fun visit when in Yuma.
  • It was OK. Its great they preserved the history as the prison has been dismantled over the years. There is a repeating 10 minute movie you start with which is interesting but the projector was so heavily pixelated from a failing project only about 2/3 the screen was visible. There are artifacts displayed on the museum floor including a mirror used to photograph front and side of prisoners faces at the same time that you can sit at and have your picture taken. Some of the cells and still intact with motion activated voices of actors portraying a prisoner telling his story. Maybe 1.5 hours for a casual walkthru.