Our Current Exhibits and Events

Below is a list of our current exhibits and events.  For more information, please call the Historic Cornwall Jail at 613-938-4748 or 1-800-937-4748

Events and exhibits are open Monday to Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm – Closed weekends Sept to mid May – by appointment only and must be a group of 10 or more (group pricing may apply).

The Jail is open from the Victoria Day weekend through Labour Day weekend 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:00pm, Sat& Sun 11:00am-3:00pm for guided tours. Groups of 10 or more a reservation is required.

Admission Fees are

Adults $7.00

Children (4-12) $5.00

Children under 4 FREE

Devices of Human Restraint

May 30-Aug 31, 2011

Last summer Steve Santini, The Dark Master, shocked and disturbed visitors of the Historic Cornwall Jail with his exhibit “Medieval Torture: Dark Deeds in the Dark Ages.” His exhibit provoked conversations on the savage brutality of humanity and how far we, as a society, have come in terms of punishment. This summer The Dark Master returns with another shocking exhibit “Devices of Human Restraint.” This exhibit will feature devices of human restraint used in the medical and correctional fields. The devices are part of Santini’s personal collection acquired through his world travels as an escape artist; he has successfully escaped from every device. This exhibit will also feature a scale replica of a whipping rack, similar to the one used in the Historic Cornwall Jail; the rack is a donation from the Home Depot.

 This exhibit features disturbing artifacts that may offend and/or frighten some visitors, parental and visitor discretion is advised

Fingerprinting Exhibit

Check out our exhibit on the history of fingerprinting. Learn about previous methods of identification, fingerprint elimination and participate in our hands on educational fingerprinting activity.


  John Robert Davey and James Slavin Storyboard

 Come see our new storyboard outlining the events surrounding the only death of an on duty police officer in Conrwall’s hsitory, and what became of the man who pulled the trigger.

  A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who visited our Haunted Jail for Halloween!

Nearly 1,200 people went through the Jail!  Awesome!

Kudos – To Lucie’s TEAM – To Ron’s TEAM and to the Tourism Office and Jail TEAM

Way to go!!!!

Plans have already begun for next year!

  1. Haylee says:

    Was Roger Caron a former prisoner at the Cornwall Jail? I think that is great that there will be a film about the Cornwall Jail!

  2. Haylee says:

    Wow. I didn’t know he still lived in Cornwall. I know Richard Gervais, he’s my great uncle. He has told me many stories about the Cornwall Jail and gave us a personal tour. I will definitely go back to the jail! The staff is amazing and funny. I really hope I can make it to Halloween…that would be such an amazing expierence.

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