Rotary Jail Museum

Rotary Jail MuseumRotary Jail Museum
225 N. Washington Street, Crawfordsville

The Rotary Jail Museum, built in 1882, was the first of nine rotary jails constructed in the U.S. and is currently the only rotary jail in operating condition. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Engineering Record.

The building, used as the Montgomery County Jail until it closed in 1973, became a museum in 1975, operated by the Montgomery County Cultural Foundation. The rotary cellblock, consisting of 16 wedge-shaped cells on two tiers, is housed within a stationary steel cage with one opening per story. The rotating mechanism moved a particular cell to the opening, enabling many prisoners to Rotary Jail Museum interiorbe looked after by a small number of guards.

The sheriff's residence at the front of the building also hosts special exhibits of local art, historical collections and jail artifacts throughout the year.

Open March - December
Tours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am -5 pm
          Tours on the hour; last tour at 2 pm

Admission Charged