Anamosa, Iowa
Street Address
406 North High Street
Anamosa, IA 52205
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 144
Anamosa, IA 52205
Memorial Day weekend - the fir
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$2.50 per person
children and students free.
Museum Type(s)
Richard Snavely, Director
phone: 319-462-2386

The museum collects and preserves the history of the Anamosa State Penitentiary, and presents it to the public in a museum setting. Displays include information about current conditions as well as the history of this 135 year old prison that is Iowa's largest correctional facility. The museum is located in a prison building located adjacent to the prison. The museum building, and the entire prison, is on the National Register of Historic Places.


The museum, opened in 2002, is staffed by volunteers and managed by an all volunteer Board of Directors.

Artifact Collections
  • The collection includes photographs, restraints, construction tools, documents, and untensils used in the construction and operation of the prison.
  • Publications

    The Newsletter to Association members is published several times a year on an irregular basis.


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