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About Angola

Angola, once known as “America’s Bloodiest Prison,” is the largest maximum security prison in the nation. Angola’s storied history of instability and reform serve as a reminder of the progress made within corrections and the possibilities of rehabilitation.



The Angola Museum is the only museum located within an active maximum security prison. Home to twenty-one exhibits, including Louisiana’s electric chair, a visit through the Angola Museum offers a glimpse into the volatility of the past and potential for the future.



From the Angola Prison Rodeo to the museum’s biennial symposiums, we bring a whole new meaning to an “active prison.” Learn more and join us for one of our symposiums, speaker series, book signings, featured exhibits, special tours, or other events throughout the year!