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Texas Prison Museum, Huntsville

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The Texas Prison Museum is located in Huntsville, Texas.
The non-profit museum features the history of the prison system in Texas (Huntsville is the home of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and several prisons including the Ellis Unit which previously housed death row, and Huntsville Unit which houses the execution chamber). There are many different artifacts in the museum, including an electric chair named "Old Sparky" that was formerly used from 1924 to 1964 as the primary means of execution.
The museum was founded in 1989 and originally located in downtown Huntsville. It moved to its current location northwest of town (on Texas State Highway 75 at Interstate 45 Exit 118) in 2002.
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  • Very well done museum. Much more detailed than expected. The section with pictures and quotes from death row inmates with comments from families of the inmates and victims was very moving.  more »
  • Very neat place, will definitely stop again. My five year old didn’t think it was near as cool as I did though.  more »
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  • Great museum with lots of unique items including Old Sparky. The Prison Rodeo information was incredible to read about and seeing all the artifacts was really cool. Excellent museum to stop in and see especially if you enjoy history!
  • Very cool place. They have an assorted sections of all things related to Texas prisons. It was very fun to look at all the items and it's very well organized. My favorite was seeing the prison cell. I would definitely return.

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