Colorado Prison Museum

Colorado Prison Museum | Haunted | Ghost Hunt

Lockdown with the Dead at the Haunted Colorado Prison Museum

The Colorado Prison Museum in Cañon City is a captivating destination that pays homage to the state’s rich corrections history. Nestled next to the active Colorado Territorial Prison, this museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the past and explore the intriguing world of incarceration. Originally built in 1931 as the Colorado State Women’s Prison, this facility has witnessed a myriad of transformations over the years.

After serving as a home for female offenders until 1968, the former women’s prison took on new roles as a protective custody facility for male inmates and later as a training ground for SWAT teams. However, due to financial constraints, the building was left vacant for almost a decade.

In 1982, the community proposed the idea of converting the prison into a museum, which gained support from legislators. The Department of Corrections then leased the building to the town of Cañon City, who transformed it into the Museum of Colorado Prisons.

Since its official opening in June 1988, the museum has been a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the Colorado prison system’s 140 years of incarceration. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by over 200 historical items, including the last noose used in a Colorado execution, the state’s final gas chamber, confiscated weapons, inmate crafts, displays from the federal bureau of prisons, and an amazing exhibit on the 1929 prison riots.

While the museum’s collection alone is enough to captivate visitors, what truly sets the Colorado Prison Museum apart is its reputation for paranormal activity. Investigators and ghost enthusiasts are drawn to this location, not only to gather evidence of the spirits of former female inmates but also to potentially encounter male spirits from the neighboring Colorado Territorial Prison.

Constructed in 1871, the Colorado Territorial Prison shares a stone wall and guard tower with the museum. As you explore the museum’s halls, you may find yourself communicating with the spirits that linger within its confines or even interacting with those who have crossed over from next door. Despite not housing inmates for nearly half a century, the museum has garnered numerous claims of unexplained occurrences and paranormal phenomena.

While the voices that echo through the halls may belong to the former female prisoners, it is also believed that some of the spirits originate from the other side of the imposing stone wall. As you navigate the dark corners of the museum, be prepared for the possibility of encountering apparitions and physical activity that have been reported by many visitors.

The Colorado Prison Museum is not just a place to learn about the state’s prison history; it is an opportunity to connect with the spirits of those who have never truly left. Each spirit has a story to tell, and it is our duty to uncover and preserve their narratives. So, venture into the depths of this hauntingly fascinating building, stay alert, and embrace the mysteries that await you.

Join Night Shift Paranormal as we take you inside this legendary building on a quest to contact the spirits that still remain.


Your evening inside the Museum of Colorado Prisons will include the following:

  • Access to the museum as well as the nearby cemetery (as available).
  • Snacks and drinks provided to you throughout the event.
  • A live evidence review (as requested) at the end of the night.
  • Use of our equipment, or you are free to bring your own.

Please also be advised:

  • This event begins at 7:00pm.
  • Everyone must be off of the property by 3:00am.
  • You must be 18+ to attend this event.


When you #ClockInWithUs at Night Shift Paranormal for an investigation of Colorado Prison Museum, you’ll get a real attempt at gathering evidence with an experienced investigator. We would love to know what evidence you capture or hear any stories of what happens during this investigation. At the historically haunted Colorado Prison Museum, you may quickly find the evidence you seek!



In agreement with the Museum of Colorado Prisons, all events require a minimum threshold of 10 guests to be held. If this threshold isn’t met for a particular date, you may be asked to transfer to the next scheduled date or you’ll be eligible to request a refund.


Refund policy

No refunds will be given for this event unless this event is cancelled by Night Shift Paranormal Events. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified immediately. You will also be given the option of a refund or transfer. Refund processing generally takes 5-7 business days per the payment processing provider. Please consider purchase protection.