Welcome to the Texas Prison Museum
The Texas Prison Museum offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of the state's imprisoned citizens. The museum features numerous exhibits detailing the history of the Texas prison system, featuring a look inside the operations behind the fences and walls.
Adults - $7;
Seniors 60+/Active or Retired Military/First
SHSU Students - $5;
Ages 6/17 - $4;
5 years and under - No Charge.
491 Hwy 75 N
Huntsville, TX 77320
David L. Stacks - Director
Riley Tilley - Gift Shop Manager
Suzie Shaw - Office Manager
The Texas Prison Museum shall collect, preserve and showcase the history and the culture of the Texas prison system and educate the people of Texas and of the world.
If you've got questions, would like to place a gift shop order, or would simply like to know more about the Texas Prison System, we'd love to hear from you!
From the time of Independence from Mexico until 1924, hanging was the lawful method of execution in Texas. Hangings took place in the county where the condemned person was convicted.
In 1924 the State of Texas took control of all executions and prescribed electrocution as the method. One of the most chilling exhibits at the Texas Prison Museum is "Old Sparky," the decommissioned electric chair in which 361 prisoners were executed between 1924 and 1964. This legendary device, made by prison workers, was in storage at the Walls Unit Death House before being donated to the museum, and is our most controversial exhibit.
Various types of hardware have been used to contain inmates. This exhibit shows the different types of equipment used over the years, including the old ball and chain, pad locks, and modern handcuffs.
Ball & Chain
Bonnie & Clyde
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Saturday
10 am - 5 pm
12 noon - 5pm
First Monday of Each Month
Open at 12 Noon - 5 pm
In observance of holidays, the Texas Prison Museum is closed
New Years's Day - January 1, 2023; Easter - April 9, 2023; Thanksgiving - November 23, 2023; two days during Christmas, December 25 & 26, 2023.
End of Watch Memorial
Many Texas Department of Criminal Justice public servants have lost their lives in the line of duty and from the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor of these fine men and women a remembrance memorial is slated for construction at the Texas Prison Museum. The memorial will be a symbol of their unwavering service and ultimate sacrifice. All donations are welcome and can be made here.
If you have any questions, feel free to email our Director, David Stacks, at email@example.com.