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Texas Prison Museum

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Address: 491 Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
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+1 936-295-2155
10:00 - 17:00
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Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric...

Learn about the Texas prison system including an exhibit of the electric chair dubbed "Old Sparky".

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If you're traveling along I-45, and have some time to kill, I recommend visiting this museum. We made the trip from the DFW Metroplex just to visit the museum, and take some time... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Brandon G
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

If you're traveling along I-45, and have some time to kill, I recommend visiting this museum. We made the trip from the DFW Metroplex just to visit the museum, and take some time to visit with Jim Willett, the museums Director. If you have a passion for Texas History or have ever been curious about the reality of life behind... More 

Thank Brandon G
Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

First off, called ahead because I'd 2 large pups I would needa keep in a kennel while we were inside, to see if there was ample shade for that. The 2 ladies were ecstatic, oh of course, in fact, we've even a spot right outside our window where we can watch and keep an eye on them, they volunteered. These... More 

1 Thank BlaundNordic
Taylors, South Carolina
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This museum had a surprising amount of visitors while we were there. They had the history of the now defunct Prison Rodeo, plus art work and the ingenuity of prisoner weapons. More interesting than I thought it would be.

Thank Maelrarny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This was a great rainy day activity and was well worth our trip to Huntsville. You can spend hours there looking at prison artifacts and reading tidbits about prisoners, both famous and not so famous. What a wealth of information. Definitely worth your time and a small entrance fee of just $5.00 ($4.00 for military and seniors) makes it an... More 

Thank Sharon S
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

I would recommend this for an out of town guest, families and couples. The inmate artwork alone is pretty amazing and the creative items found by guards are equally as fascinating!! Strange but interesting place to visit and kids will enjoy this too.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Our last hike day was rainy so we opted for the Prison Museum. We were so impressed and amazed at the history and information it contained. It was so well done and so sobering. It took more time than we allowed so we will be back

Thank Netsoy
Lufkin, Texas
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Very, very cool stuff and interesting facts about the prison system coming up, and famous/infamous people who have been held there. It's a must-see for the price!

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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This was going to be 'just a quick stop' on our way to Houston. We ended up staying longer than anticipated & both my husband & I enjoyed it. Was full of interesting exhibits & the staff were lovely & friendly

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Send kids and rowdy relatives. Put'em in The Chair or the Gurney. This place will help you be thankful someone is willing to keep the unlawful someplace other than your home.

Thank RevTexTEXass
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I had about an hour to blow before a meeting so I stopped in here. The $4.00 entry fee for Seniors was well-worth the price. This small museum is well laid out and easy to follow. My time was well spent.

Thank Ron B

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