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Canada’s Penitentiary Museum

Take a Closer Look at Canada's Penitentiary Museum
social history, by donation, part, curated exhibits, English/French, 60 min visit; parking; public transit
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Canada's Penitentiary Museum. Come and unlock your curiosity about Canada's federal penitentiaries. Built by convict labour between 1870 and 1873 as the official Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, also known as "The Correctional Service of Canada Museum". Our hours of operation for summer 2023 are as follows: May 01 to Nov 03, DAILY 9:00am to 4:00pm {Last admission 3:30pm}. Hours are subject to change. Please check our website at for the most up-to-date information.

{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}

555 King St. West (enter off Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. South)
  • Canada
  • Ontario
  • City of Kingston
  • Tourism Kingston