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An unforgettable and extraordinary experience awaits the visitor.

The Prison Museum contains the world’s largest prison collection from the Museum of Horsens. Walking through the old state penitentiary’s historic buildings, the museum portrays the 153 years of prison life as seen by both inmates and prison personnel.

Using modern technology the prisoners and guards have moved in again and you sense them out the corner of your eye when they pass by as shadows through the halls, rustle silently on the stairs or knock on the heavy cell doors. You can also see and hear them on screens, in telephones and over intercoms where they tell stories about the big and small things that fill up a prison life. This includes everything from problems related to drugs to the despised weekly fish-day. There is also furnished cells where one can explore and try prison for a moment. Inspect the cells for graffiti or hidden objects together with the prison guards or lie down on a cell bed as an inmate – and let your nightly thoughts fly in the company of the former prisoners.

Finally now there’s also an opportunity to explore topics like health, narcotics, prison art and the everyday routines of prison employees. Examine the doctor’s consultation from the 1930s and the nurses’ office from 2006. Or dive into our extensive collection of prison art – and make your own exhibition.

Undoubtedly The Prison Museum is well worth the visit. On the journey through the old penitentiary the guest will feel the peculiar atmosphere present here, creeping under your skin as the museum displays are spiced with sound clips, video and shadow puppetry recorded by real people from the prison world.

Den sidste henrettelse - FÆNGSLET i Horsens


At FÆNGSLET we also offer group tours in English, if you want a complimentary possibility to walking on your own.

The tour is an in-depth, personalized journey through the penitentiary’s historic buildings and its 153 years of existence as seen through the perspective of the institution’s inmates and personnel.

The tour covers all four floors of The Prison Museum.

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Adults: DKK 110,-
Children and adolescents (0-17 years): Free
Season Pass: DKK 295,-

Tickets are sold at the entrance


Group discount at 10 persons or more:

10-19 pers.: 10 %
20-49 pers.: 15 %
50 or more: 20 %


Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM
Open also on mondays from 10 AM to 4 PM in the school holiday period

Ticket sale closes half an hour prior to our closing hour.


There are parking areas for cars and a limited number of spaces for busses at FÆNGSLET. As well as two parking spaces for disabled. When very busy, sidewalk parking is allowed on the premises as well as parking at Vesthallen on Fussingsvej

Busses transporting museum guests cannot expect available parking during concert days, but are welcome to drop off and pick up passengers as close to the FÆNGSLET entrance as possible. Depending on the specific event.


Fængselsmuseet/FÆNGSLET, Fussingsvej 8, 8700 FÆNGSLET

+45 7610 0011

Gårdtur fra ca. 1900-tallet - Fængselsmuseet i Horsens


Explore FÆNGSLET 2.0 and Ejail for even more information and knowledge about the prison’s long history.

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