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Old Montana Prison & Auto Museum

1106 Main St., Deer Lodge, Montana 59722 USA

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  • No Wifi
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“Bleak glimpse at life behind bars”

Overnight parking is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis in the lot located at the south end of the complex amid the locomotives. The lot is located between Main Street, Conley Ave, and the creek. Parking adjacent to the 'shrub wall' which follows the creek is preferred. Preserve the privilege of overnight parking and follow the [RVers Good Neighbor Policy](https://www.campendium.com/camping/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GNP-0220.pdf).

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Reviewed by
Firemama

  • 7 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was a great stop for us on our trip. A very informative tour (you can do self guided or with a person from the museum). It is chilling to walk through the cells especially the solitary confinement area. Not only did we do the prison tour but you have access to a great auto museum and western cowboy museum included in your entrance fee. We also visited a little shop across the street from the museum where they had all kinds of leather and items made from horse hair. All items in the store are made by current inmates in the MT correctional system. Well worth going into, the quality is top notch. There is also an ice cream stand you can grab a great treat for your continued roadtrip.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
garrettnelson

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

We really had a great time exploring! Unlike other old prisons, the tunnels and cool parts are actually open to the public! Definitely worth it if you have time.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rozvenner

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 06, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great place if you want to explore history

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
christine.mcnabvarga

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 24, 2014

The whole family enjoyed this tour. Take the time; it's worth it. Admission also included several other small museums.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
headingsouth

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 10, 2014

Our family really enjoyed exploring the prison and learning about its history.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kcn

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 27, 2014

I wished it were haunted...would've made it that much better. Otherwise - okay...self guided the way to go....

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lance Allan Andrewsen

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 31, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided tour. The booklet is very well laid out and explanatory. This was fascinating to imagine life there when the prison was active.

The auto museum that goes with it is unbelievable with the number and quality of cars displayed there.

This is a “must-see” if you pass through here!

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Reviewed by
April Dunham-Filson

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 24, 2018
Rated 5.0

This was a great unexpected stop on our trip. Give yourself a couple of ours because there is a lot to see. The self guided tour was nice and informative. The history of the prison was interesting and reminded me a little bit like Alcatraz. Interesting to read some of the inmates history.

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Reviewed by
richmich15

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 02, 2018
Rated 5.0

Amazing tour. We did the self tour and they said it would take about 40 minutes. We were there at 4:30 and suddenly it was almost close at 6pm! All of our kids had a blast and found it very interesting. Having lived in San Francisco and seeing alcatraz I found this one much more informative and a more complete tour. I felt like I got to see everything!

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Reviewed by
idnohr

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 17, 2017
Rated 5.0

This was a great self guided tour of an old prison. Going into places and reading historic information that one might not see in other tours. Take the time you won't be sorry.

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Old Montana Prison & Auto Museum

1106 Main St.
Deer Lodge, Montana
59722 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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