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“Experience some Folsom Prison Blues”
The Retired Correctional Peace Officers (RCPO) Museum at Folsom State Prison (founded in 1975) chronicles the prison's bloody history. In 2011, the museum was annexed by the Old Guard Foundation (OGF). The OGF, in 2014, morphed the museum into the Big House Prison Museum with intention of making it a national museum, exposition and education center for Corrections and the people who live, work and visit the facilities. The Museum was dedicated July 1, 1987 by CCPOA's Retired Chapter in memory of those staff from the California Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority who died from Cancer. You can still discover the reason for Johnny Cash's "Blues" at Folsom State Prison. Learn how the prison was fashioned from gray granite from the surrounding rock quarries. The museum features a wealth of photographs, old hemp ropes used to hang prisoners, memorabilia from Johnny Cash's famed concert shows, a hand-cranked Gatling gun, many inmate manufactured weapons and an eight-foot motorized Ferris wheel created by a prisoner in the 1930s, made of a quarter million toothpicks. In the future, you will be able to see and experience the same wealth of information as it pertains to other Correctional facilities nation wide.
Loved it! They do have a limit of how many people can be in the building, so there's a bit of a wait, but nothing too crazy. For such a small building it was PACKED with stuff to check out. We... Read more
INDEFINITELY CLOSED!!! Showed up yesterday and museum is closed due to death of owner. Guard kind enough to let us take photos outside. Cool to be at the prison, but know before you go. The... Read more
For a prison museum, I'd have to say that my experience was epic, from greeting the prison guards to seeing all the original watch towers, toilets, chains, and prison furniture set around the... Read more
Folsom Prison Museum
- Sun, Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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