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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  • We enjoyed an afternoon trip to the prison. It was a fun history lesson and they had interesting museum exhibits. We wouldn't necessarily have gone out of our way to see it, but enjoyed it all the sam...  more »
  • The history of the prison is very well described across the different displays. A very interesting museum stands at the middle of the prison. It gives us an idea about life in the prison and how it wa...  more »
  • This is a fascinating place to see actual artifacts straight out of history. You can walk through the prison yard and see into cells that held prisoners in the late 1800's. It is easy to imagine what ...  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.
  • Great place to visit get facts of Old Historic Yuma, great views of Yuma Valley, great parking and easy access to the Colorado river!👍🎣🚣🚤🌅
  • 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.

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