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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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  • It was a very interesting visit. The staff was friendly and helpful. In particular the stories about the rodeo were interesting. Nice place to visit. 
    It was a very interesting visit. The staff was friendly and helpful. In particular the stories about the rodeo were interesting. Nice place to visit.  more »
  • Well worth a visit, staff friendly, lots of parking. Really great layout with ton's of items from the prison's history. Start with the video, good back ground. Would go again as there is a bunch of... 
    Well worth a visit, staff friendly, lots of parking. Really great layout with ton's of items from the prison's history. Start with the video, good back ground. Would go again as there is a bunch of...  more »
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  • One of the best places visited so far. Such a rich historical experience. Gift shop was amazing. All crafts were genuine and made by inmates. The guns and prison paraphernalia was quite interesting. I was marveled. You all must go. Very nice and professional staff. “Old sparky” is a little spooky though. But well it is what it is an electric chair.
  • This place is dope. To learn about the history of the prison system, all the changes and advances was definitely something I needed. They have about a four minute video that you can watch before taking your tour that just tells you about the prison system and how it got started. While in there, You get to read the stories of what both inmates and staff went through. They charge for the tour but it’s definitely worth it and they have tons of memorabilia made by inmates there to purchase. If you’re driving through, definitely stop by. The staff there are so friendly and helpful.

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