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|The Old Prison of Trois-Rivières|
The Old Prison of Trois-Rivières (Granted historic status in 1978)
A visit-experience in prison - with ex-inmates as guides...
The Québec Museum of Folk Culture offers tourists a whole new visit-experience in the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières adjoining its main building. Ex-inmates guide you through the area as you discover prison life as it was lived during the 1960s and 70s. Powerful videotaped testimony communicates the reality of this microcosm of society.
Thanks to renovations that faithfully reproduce the old prison, visitors can get a sense of what life behind bars was really like at the time. Upon arrival, the visitor goes through the ritual of filling out a prison card complete with photograph and fingerprints. Those looking for an even more intense experience can opt for voluntary imprisonment.
A trip through the cells brings home the realities of daily life behind bars: boredom, rage, promiscuity, despair, solidarity... Sex and violence are part of prison life as well, a fact made obvious by graffiti, pornography and the Law of the underworld. Cells and their chains speak of extreme conditions... The HOLE, a windowless area, with no light, no hope... the prisoner's ultimate isolation.
200 rue Laviolette, Trois-Rivières (Québec) G9A 6L5
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