Canada’s Penitentiary Museum

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Canada's Penitentiary Museum 

Built by convict labour in 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, also known as "The Correctional Service of Canada Museum".  Investigate the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. It’s time well spent! 

{NOTE: If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the 'Kingston Pen Tours', which is a different offering situated across the street from the museum, please visit the St.Lawrence Parks Commission website at or contact or 1-800-437-2233}

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID PANDEMIC, THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED TO TOURS.  Please visit our website for up to date information. 


555 King St. West (enter off Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. South)
(613) 530-3122
  • Kingston
  • The Great Waterway
  • Tourism Kingston
  • Ontario Heritage Trust