FÆNGSLET - The prison museum

Photo: Morten Pape

Fussingsvej 8

8700 Horsens



A unique museum experience awaits you at FÆNGLSET in Horsens.

The Prison Museum in Horsens has the world’s largest collection of prison items. Altogether, they give you a rare opportunity to experience the otherwise closed world of a prison. Find out what life behind the walls was like for both inmates and guards throughout history.

Modern technology brings prisoners and guards back to the prison and you can see them as shadows on the walls, hear the sound of them walking on the stairs or knocking on a cell door.

You can also see and hear them on screens, in phones and through intercom systems, where they talk about matters of importance to life behind bars. It can be anything from drug problems to the detested weekly fish day.

There are even cells you can explore and try what prison life was like. Search for graffiti and hidden things with the prison guards or lay down on a bed and let your thoughts wander in the company of inmates.

Finally, there is also the opportunity to explore topics like health, drugs, prison art and the work life of guards. You can shiver at the axe that was used to behead Jens Nielsen in 1892. Marvel at the audacity of incredible escape artists like Carl Lorentzen. Or smile at the huge pants left behind by Minister of Justice Alberti, who embezzled the government in Denmark's biggest case of fraud.

See the prison cells of different eras, the biker gang section, and the prison chapel as well as thousands of fascinating objects from the unique collection for a thought-provoking and memorable museum experience like no other.

Take a virtual tour in the Prison.

Opening hours

November - April:
Tuesday till Sunday 10am - 4pm
May - October:
Tuesday till Sunday 10am - 5om
Note, the museum is also open on Mondays the following days:
12.02, before Easter, 2nd Easter Day, 2nd Pentecost and 15.10.

It is closed from 22.12-26.12 and 29.12-01.01

Museum Pass - visit 4 Horsens museums in 7 days

Experience 4 museums in Horsens with just one ticket: The Museum Pass gives you 7 days access to FÆNGSLET, Denmark's Industrial Museum, Horsens Art Museum and Horsens Museum.

You can look forward to lots of exciting experiences and stories. With the museum pass, you save money on the entrance fee and also get a cup of coffee or tea in Café Gaslight at Denmark's Industrial Museum and in Café Lorentzen at Fængslet.

Remember to check opening hours on the individual museum's website before your visit, as some of the museums are closed on Mondays outside the high season.

You can buy the Museum Pass at the entrance to one of the four museums or you can book your Museum Pass online here >

If you book online, choose the date you want to start using the pass. Remember to print your ticket before going to the museums.


Fussingsvej 8

8700 Horsens

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