Whether you want to learn more about Connecticut's history or the nature of crime and punishment, or if you want to explore the old copper mine 75 feet below the surface through its dark and twisty paths, your Old New-Gate experience awaits you.
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine is recognised nationally as the first chartered copper mine and first state prison in early America. As a museum, we seek to connect with contemporary and historic themes through the study and exploration of the site as a copper mine, prison, and tourist attraction.
Old New-Gate Prison houses the first Re-entry Hall of Change—a place where formerly incarcerated individuals who have made a significant positive impact on their communities can be honored.
Want to discover a bit of Connecticut's memorable history or ponder the moral implications of crime and punishment? Or would you rather take a journey through the deep, dark, and winding copper mine tunnels 75 feet below the surface? No matter what you're looking for, your unique Old New-Gate experience awaits you.
Veterans $8/ Students $5 / CT Summer at the Museum Teachers $5 /Active Military Free
Closed toed shoes are required.Visitors need to consider their medical history and physical limitations before descending to the mine.
Picnic Area located outside of the prison yard and visitor center. Picnic tables available, regularly cleaned Beautiful view all year round. Available for public use at all time with no fee.
Strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and similar devices are not permitted.
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Monday 10:00 - 4:30 (last tickets 4:00) Tue / Wed CLOSED Thursday 12:00 - 6:00 (last tickets 5:30) Fri / Sat / Sun 10:00 - 4:30 (last tickets 4:00)
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