Old Montana Prison Museum

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Old Montana Prison Museum Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Montana Prison was built by inmate labor; this turn-of-the-century fortress was home to at least one member of Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch".

Guided and self-guided tours lead you through the intimidating Cell House and into the chilling slide bar cells and black box of Maximum Security. See what it was like to live amongst the turreted stone towers and iron gates at the "Prison Life" photo exhibit, then view the galloping gallows. Stout iron bars slammed shut and locked for the first time on July 2, 1871. On that day, Montana's Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge incarcerated its first occupant.

Guards no longer occupy the turrets set in each corner of the The Wall. The thud of heavy footsteps marching along the topmost barbed-wire- enclosed walkway is no longer heard. Emptied of prisoners in the late 1970s, the buildings stand now as silent sentinels to justice, a museum complex dedicated to law enforcement. Open to the public year-round, this museum presents a chilling, bleak glimpse at life behind bars.

Admission: $8.00
Hours: Year Round, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Address: 1106 Main Street
Phone: 406 846 3111
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