Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Museum of Colorado Prisons is located off U.S. Highway 50 in Cañon City, Colorado. It is housed in a former state women's prison and is directly east of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (Old Max).
The Museum of Colorado Prisons started operation on June 18, 1988.
The idea for a museum was conceived by a group of Fremont County residents. The project began in the early 1980s, with volunteers who sought obtain permission to use the former Women's Prison building, which dated back to 1935. The building is adjacent to the east wall of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, an active prison since 1871. The Colorado State Legislature approved the request on April 24, 1986. Canon City in turn granted a 99-year lease to the Foundation to operate a museum in the cell house.
The Museum was established with a view to collect, preserve, conserve, exhibit, and interpret the historical heritage of the Colorado Prison System. The Museum was also opened to serve as an incentive for historical research, education, and scholarly writings on the subject. It was equally meant to be a means to deter criminal activity.
Since its opening, the Museum has ushered over 200,000 visitors through its doors. Visitors have come here from all the states of the U.S., its territories, as well as over 50 foreign countries.
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