Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine is nationally recognized as the first chartered copper mine and first state prison in early America. As a museum, they strive to engage with historic and contemporary issues through the exploration and discovery of the site as a copper mine, prison, and tourist attraction. 

Old New-Gate also houses the first-ever Re-entry Hall of Change – a place to honor formerly incarcerated men and women who have made a great positive impact in their communities. 

Whether you are looking to discover a piece of Connecticut’s rich history, think deeply about the nature of crime and punishment; explore 75 feet below the surface through the dark and winding paths of the old copper mine, or simply make memories with loved ones, your authentic experience at Old New-Gate awaits.

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