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. Put Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park into our Yuma trip itinerary tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Applaud Yuma crims and citizens for keeping this open and sharing with us A lot of history so take your time Guided tours of you don’t want to read everything yourself  more »
  • The Yuma Territorial Prison is a step back in time. It accurately depicts what life inside was like if they did a crime...men and women. There is also a prison graveyard.  more »
  • Interesting place. Well laid out and informative. The tour guide was awesome. Only negative is the museum workers were not very friendly. They brought the rating down.  more »
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  • If you go when it's not crowded it is pretty interesting to take time to explore. If it is crowded not as much fun. Luckily when I arrived it was supposed to rain so it was pretty empty. Once the skies cleared people started to show up. The various cells where surprisingly small. Can only imagine being stuck in the hole. Read the stuff about the women prisoners and see what they did and what the sentence was, very interesting. Not sure how much kids would enjoy, but I think adults will find some surprising things.
  • Fabulous. Great lecturer and the film is done particularly well. Suggested age groups from 12 up to fully appreciate it. Should be an inform national field trip for the schools. Should be a REQUIRED trip since it is integral to the history if Yuma!!! Would love to help formalize this as I am a retired teacher and fund this is the top, #1 piece of history that impacted living in Yuma and our entire country at the time!! It still does!
  • There's really not much to do in Yuma, so this was an interesting thing to do on a weekend afternoon. I'd suggest not going when it's too hot out because it is mostly outside, without shade. The museum is interesting, the short movie too, and the guide was knowledgeable. Probably spend like an hour and a half to two hours total here. If you're paying for tickets under like, 10 dollars, I think you have to pay in cash.
  • Great amount of history and unique information. Loved being able to look at the history and be able to walk around and get closer by going into the cells. The individual stories of inmates was interesting. Worth the stop.
  • This was my first visit to the Yuma Territorial Prison and WOW, I can't believe what the prisoners endured there. It couldn't have been easy to be a guard as well. All I can say is that you need to make sure you take the time to walk the grounds and listen/read the stories about life in the prison. I did go into the Dark Cell and didn't get goosebumps but it would be a great place to spend Halloween night! I did end up with one odd photo. not sure how it happened but it will be a great story. Don't miss the cemetery which is a short walk to the east of the parking lot. You can also walk down to the Wetlands to look for birds and animals. Plan on at least 2 hours to get through everything. Carry water and wear a hat, this is Arizona!
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