Canada's
Penitentiary
Museum

Come visit Canada's Penitentiary Museum, the award-winning museum dedicated solely to the preservation and interpretation of the history of our federal penitentiaries. Located at the birthplace of the Correctional Service of Canada in Kingston Ontario, the museum is housed within Cedarhedge, which once housed the wardens of Kingston Penitentiary.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

(Check back for updates)

ADMISSION

Charitable Donation

PARKING

555 King Street West

The Museum

Located at the birthplace of the Correctional Service of Canada in Kingston Ontario, the museum is housed within the former residence of the warden of Kingston Penitentiary. 

Friends of the Penitentiary Museum

The "Friends of the Penitentiary Museum" are a volunteer group 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 50,000 people per year visit this award-winning museum housed in the former Warden's residence of Kingston Penitentiary.

Notice

Due to the pandemic, the museum is closed to visitors and all other groups until further notice.