Most of us will never experience life behind bars, but it's hard to not wonder what it would be like. One visit to the Colorado Prison Museum in Canon City and you can get a pretty good idea of what prison feels like - and you don't even have to commit a crime. The museum is housed in what formerly was the Women's Prison Building.

The exhibits cover 140 years of prison history. Each of the inmate cells on the upper level tells the story of some phase of life behind bars. Exhibits depict living and working conditions, punishments, and the lives of inmates and guards at the prison.

This is one prison you can go to without committing a crime - and you can check out any time you please. Check out the gas chamber.

Winter visiting hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, and in the summertime, the hours are 10am-6pm Monday - Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 6-12. You're asked to allow at least one hour to explore the museum.

You'll find the Colorado Prison Museum just as you enter Canon City from the west on Highway 50.

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