Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, Kingston Ontario
At the beginning of the month, I was reviewing old photographs and came across these pictures of our visit the to the Canadian Penitentiary Museum in Kingston, Ontario. It was a small museum right across of the infamous Kingston Maximum Security Penitentiary before the penitentiary was officially closed. I know we were amazed at some of the items that we saw that day so I thought I would share some of these great photographs. The museum is currently closed for the winter and is undergoing renovations. I am hoping that they open in the spring with tours of the actual penitentiary. I still think about some of the things that we saw (like the solitary confinement box and the other forms of punishment) but I thought it was so interesting.
If you happen to be in Kingston, be sure and drop by the Geneva Crepe Bistro.
The Museum is directly across from the now defunct (and infamous) Kingston Men’s Penitentiary
Corporal punishment and solitary confinement were not uncommon in our penitentiaries. Various disciplinary tools were displayed at the museum.
It is amazing to me that we would have legally allowed corporal punishment in our prisons. It was very interesting to show this to our children. It is not the world they are familiar with but to only read about such atrocities in person was a true learning moment.
There were banners profiling various inmates. Many were long-term prisoners and it added a reality that these other objects could not. Once again, taking the time and reviewing these were tools or devices used on other human beings was very cool.
I told my kids I didn’t ever want to see them anywhere near a penitentiary…