The former Horsens State Prison was in active use from 1853 to 2006, when the newly built East Jutland State Prison took over. The foundation FÆNGSLET now runs the cultural institution of the same name in the imposing buildings, which house the Prison Museum and various conference and business facilities as well as several large concerts and events throughout the year.

The Prison Museum

A unique museum experience awaits you at FÆNGLSET in Horsens.


The Prison Museum gives 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.
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.

Gamle Celle

Gamle Celle

Visiting hours

November – March: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm. Monday closed
April – October: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Monday closed
Note: We have varying opening hours during the holidayseason
Late night opening:
The first wednesday in the months April through June and September through November the Prison Museum is open until 9 pm.
Please note, that on the following dates, the Prison Museum is closed due to large concerts:
Tirsdag d. 03|06|14 - Metallica
Fredag d. 06|06|14 - Aerosmith
Lørdag d. 02|08|14 - Volbeat
Adults: DKK 80,-
Children (0-17 years): Free
Discounts for groups of more than ten people.
Season pass DKK 180,-


Please note that there are many stairs in the Prison Museum!