List of jail and prison museums

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Museums have been created from many former jails and prisons.

Some old jails converted into museums are listed under the original name of the jail, especially if listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. For example, see Old St. Johns County Jail in St Augustine, Florida.

Museums with a main purpose not associated with the jail or prison in which they are located are listed separately, below the main list.

To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.

Name Location State/Province Country Jail/
Prison
Notes
1811 Lincoln County Museum & Old Jail Wiscasset Maine United States Jail
Alcatraz Island San Francisco Bay Area California United States Prison
Beaumaris Gaol Beaumaris Anglesey, Wales United Kingdom Jail
Bodmin Gaol Bodmin Cornwall United Kingdom Jail http://www.bodminjail.org/
Buckingham Old Gaol Buckingham Buckinghamshire United Kingdom Jail Museum of Buckingham and rural life as well as the building as a prison
Burlington County Prison Mount Holly New Jersey United States Prison
Carthage Jail Carthage Illinois United States Jail location of the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of Mormonism
Clink, The London London Borough of Southwark United Kingdom Prison
Missouri State Penitentiary Jefferson City Missouri United States Prison
Crumlin Road (HM Prison) Belfast Northern Ireland United Kingdom Prison
Daviess County Rotary Jail and Sheriff's Residence Gallatin Missouri United States Jail Rotary Jail
Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States Prison
Eden Camp Museum Malton North Yorkshire United Kingdom Prison
Ely Museum Ely Cambridgeshire United Kingdom Jail http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/
Fremantle Prison Fremantle Western Australia Australia Prison
Galleries of Justice Nottingham Nottinghamshire United Kingdom Jail and Prison
Hexham Old Gaol Hexham Northumberland United Kingdom Prison
Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum Southern District Stanley Hong Kong Museum at Stanley Prison Official webpage
The museum comprises ten galleries with one mock gallows and two mock cells.
Jail Museum (Truckee, California) Truckee California United States Jail
Kansas Regional Prisons Museum Lansing Kansas United States Prison [1]
The Lansing Historical Museum is home to hundreds of artifacts and documents relating to the Kansas State Penitentiary/Lansing Correctional Facility.
Kilmainham Gaol Dublin Dublin Region Ireland Prison
Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery Beloozero Vologda Oblast Russia Prison
Kosciusko County Jail Museum Warsaw Indiana United States Jail
Liberty Jail Liberty Missouri United States Jail Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of Mormonism and associates were imprisoned there in 1838-1839 during the 1838 Mormon War.
Littledean Jail Gloucestershire United Kingdom Jail http://www.littledeanjail.com
Louisiana State Penitentiary Angola Louisiana United States Prison http://angolamuseum.org/
Lubyanka (KGB) Moscow Russia Prison On Lubyanka Square
Ludwigsburg Prison Museum Ludwigsburg Baden-Württemberg Germany Prison
Mills County Old Jail Museum Goldwaite Texas United States Jail
Montgomery County Jail and Sheriff's Residence Crawfordsville Indiana United States Jail Rotary Jail
Moore County Old Jail Museum Lynchburg Tennessee United States Jail
Nationaal Gevangenismuseum Veenhuizen Drenthe Netherlands Prison National Dutch prison museum
Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas León León Department Nicaragua Jail
Museo del Presidio de Ushuaia Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego Argentina Prison http://museomaritimo.com/
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec Quebec City Quebec Canada Prison Mostly an art museum
Newcastle Gaol Museum Toodyay Western Australia Australia
Norwegian POW Museum Ostrzeszów Greater Poland Voivodeship also
known as Wielkopolska Province
Poland Prison World War II POW camp
Ohio State Reformatory Mansfield Ohio United States Prison
Hamilton County Historical Museum
in the Old Hamilton County Jail
Jasper Florida United States Jail Web page
Old County Jail and Museum (Tolland, Connecticut) Tolland Connecticut United States Jail
Old City Jail (Mount Dora, Florida) Mount Dora Florida United States Jail Currently houses the Royellou Museum.
Old Idaho State Penitentiary Boise Idaho United States Prison
Olde Gaol Museum Lindsay Ontario Canada Jail Website
Old Jail Museum (Albion, Indiana) Albion Indiana United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Allegan, Michigan) Allegan Michigan United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Barnesville, Georgia) Barnesville Georgia United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Canton, Mississippi) Canton Mississippi United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Crawfordsville, Indiana) Crawfordsville Indiana United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Dubuque, Indiana) in the former Dubuque County Jail Dubuque Iowa United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Gonzales, Texas) Gonzales Texas United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Goochland, Virginia) Goochland Virginia United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Greenwood, Arkansas) Greenwood Arkansas United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania) Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Iola, Kansas) Iola Kansas United States Jail information
Old Jail Museum (Knoxville, Georgia) Knoxville Georgia United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Lawrenceburg, Tennessee) Lawrenceburg Tennessee United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Taylorsville, North Carolina) Taylorsville North Carolina United States Jail
Old Wilkes Jail (Wilkesboro, North Carolina) Wilkesboro North Carolina United States Jail Tom Dooley of the song "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley" was held here before his trial.
Old Jail Museum (Thompson Falls, Montana) Thompson Montana United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Smethport, Pennsylvania) Smethport Pennsylvania United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Silverton, Texas) Silverton Texas United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (St. Augustine, Florida) in the Old St. Johns County Jail St. Augustine Florida United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Valparaiso, Indiana) Valparaiso Indiana United States Jail
Old Fauquier County Jail Warrenton Virginia United States Jail
Old Jail Museum (Winchester, Tennessee) Winchester Tennessee United States Jail
Old Melbourne Jail Melbourne Victoria Australia Prison
Old Newgate Prison East Granby Connecticut United States Prison Former mine/Colonial prison; also spelled "Old New-Gate Prison"
Old Prison Museum (Deer Lodge, Montana) Deer Lodge Montana United States Prison
Patarei Prison Tallinn Harju County Estonia Prison Official webpage
Peter and Paul Fortress St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Russia Prison
Pied-du-Courant Prison Montreal Quebec Canada Prison
Pottawattamie County Jail Council Bluffs Iowa United States Jail Rotary Jail
Richard III Museum York North Yorkshire United Kingdom Prison Primarily about Richard III, the museum also has a working portcullis, a medieval execution chamber, and a small prison cell
Robben Island Museum Robben Island Western Cape South Africa Prison
Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library Hemphill Texas United States Jail
Solovetsky Monastery Solovetsky Islands Russia
Texas Prison Museum Hunsville Texas United States Prison
Towhid Prison(Ebrat Museum) Tehran Tehran Iran Prison
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Phnom Penh Cambodia Prison
Ulucanlar Prison Museum Altındağ Ankara Turkey Prison www.ulucanlarcezaevimuzesi.com
Wilson County Jailhouse Museum Floresville Texas United States Jail
Yuma Territorial Prison Yuma Arizona United States Prison

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