Warden's Boat, c. 1910
Warden's Boat, c. 1910

Warden's boat in Portsmouth Harbour with Kingston Penitentiary in the background, c.1910.

Saskatchewan 1928
Saskatchewan 1928

Inmates exercising at Saskatchewan Penitentiary (a.k.a. Prince Albert Penitentiary) in 1928.  This institution opened on May 15, 1911 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. 

BC Penitentiary circa 1920s
BC Penitentiary circa 1920s

A view of the administration building of B.C. Penitentiary, c.1920s.

B.C. Pen opened in 1878 and closed in 1980.

Dorchester Blacksmiths
Dorchester Blacksmiths

A view of the Dorchester Penitentiary Blacksmith Shop taken in 1925.   

St.Vincent de Paul
St.Vincent de Paul

A 19th-century view of St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec.  This institution, which opened in 1873,  was the principal federal penitentiary in Quebec until it was decommissioned in 1989.


The "Friends of the Penitentiary Museum" are dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the fascinating history of Canada's Federal penitentiary system. Some of us have a correctional background. Others have a passionate interest in Canada's history. It would seem we are not alone in thinking exposure to correctional history is key to understanding any society. Currently more than 25,000 people per year visit this award-winning museum housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary.


We are working hard to assist the Correctional Service of Canada with the preservation of Canada's correctional story. If you have documents, uniforms, photographs, or any other items relative to the history of the people and places associated with Canada's federal penitentiary system, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us if you have questions about making a donation. All accepted items are added to the collections of this unique museum for the benefit of future generations. Our registered charitable organization number is: # 87852 0964 RR 0001.



Kingston Historical Society Award!

We are very honoured to receive a Kingston Historical Society Award!

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Please Note:  The museum will be reopening for tours beginning May 1st.  Our summer hours of operation will be as indicated elsewhere on this website. 


To avoid confusion, please be aware that Kingston Penitentiary is not a part of Canada’s Penitentiary Museum.


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Phone: 613.530.3122

Fax: 613.536.4815

Email: FPM@cogeco.net

Site Address: 555 King Street West
Mail: P.O. Box 1174
Kingston ON, Canada
K7L 4Y8

Hours of Operation

Summer (May 1st - October 31st)
Weekdays: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Winter (November 1st – April 30th)
Weekdays: Groups of 6 or more by appointment only, with 48 hours notice subject to staff availability.
Weekends: Closed

Admission is by donation