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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

Responders/TDCJ Employees/

SHSU Students - $5;


Ages 6/17 - $4;


5 years and under - No Charge.

Contact Information:



491 Hwy 75 N

Huntsville, TX 77320

David L. Stacks - Director

Riley Tilley - Gift Shop Manager

Suzie Shaw - Office Manager


Joni White - Curator

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Mission Statement

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.

Contact Us

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!

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Popular Exhibits

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Capital Punishment

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.

Old Sparky

Prison Hardware

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.

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Ball & Chain

Prison Art


Bonnie & Clyde

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Plan Your Visit

Whether you've got a quick 45 minutes to browse, or a few hours to soak in some history, we've got something for everyone!


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, 2024;

Easter - March 31, 2024;

Thanksgiving - November 28, 2024;

Two days during Christmas, December 24 & 25, 2024.


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


Thank you for your donation!

This Week in Texas Prison History

April 18:

1935 Huntsville Unit (Walls) - Doye Arnold, 28, of Callahan County professing deep love for his divorced wife, Mrs. Zelma Arnold, whom he stabbed and beat to death on a Breckenridge street in 1932, went calmly to his death in the electric chair here early today for the slaying. Twice Arnold was sentenced to die for the murder. The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the case the first time. At his second trial a hung jury resulted in a third trial. Arnold, who entered a plea of insanity, was condemned to be executed. Testimony showed that Arnold became incensed when his former wife told him she had obtained a divorce while he was serving a prison sentence for auto theft. He stabbed her and then beat her with a rock. "I have nothing to say," said the doomed man as he took his seat in the electric chair, "except that I still love my wife better than any woman on earth." He was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Arnold had been calm throughout the day although he had hoped earlier for a commutation of his sentence, prison officials said. (AP, San Antonio Express, April 18, 1935)


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