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Canada’s Penitentiary Museum

Museum Cell
Shiv in Book
Correctional Officer

Canada's Penitentiary Museum. Come and unlock your curiosity about Canada's federal penitentiaries. Built by convict labour between 1870 and 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, also known as "The Correctional Service of Canada Museum". Until further notice, our hours of operation are as follows: WEDNESDAYS to SUNDAYS (and Holiday Mondays) = 9:00am to 4:30pm {Last admission 4:00pm}. CLOSED MONDAYS & TUESDAYS. Please check our website at for 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)
Please check main museum website for updates as hours are subject to change.)
Donations Accepted
  • City of Kingston
  • The Great Waterway
  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Tourism Kingston
  • Doors Open Ontario