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Maine State Prison Store

358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
+1 207-354-9237
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Unique place to visit

When I'm in the area (which, sadly, isn't that often), I always make sure to take a few minutes to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
na07950
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new jersey
Amazing store with great prices!

One the most interesting places ever visited. Everything is made by the prisoners in the New Maine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Russ P
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358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When I'm in the area (which, sadly, isn't that often), I always make sure to take a few minutes to stop by and visit this unique store. There's a wide variety of souvenirs, gifts and furniture, all handmade by inmates of the state prison system....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One the most interesting places ever visited. Everything is made by the prisoners in the New Maine State Prison down the road in Thomaston, ME. with great prices and a great place to find fun Christmas presents. Find out what happened to the old prison...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were driving through Maine on a rainy spring day when we drove ny the sign that said Maine State Prison Showroom and we both looked at each other and turned around to check it out. We were not disappointed !! The...More

Thank Rich J
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Rich, We are very happy you turned around. With the current road construction nearby it's been a bit bumpy on route 1 this summer. we are very happy that you enjoyed your visit. We feel our items are priced very well and support a worthwhile...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were on our way back from Bar Harbor and our neighbor told us of this place. I am so glad he did... This place is awesome.. They had such a variety of nice products made out of wood. I were totally...More

Thank Denise C
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Denise, We are glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope you return in the future as we are adding new items all the time. The workers do a very good job and take great pride in their work, we are very unique for a correctional...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

From cutting boards and coat hangers to furniture and toys or models, you're likely to find something useful for yourself, a gift or a Maine memento, all made in the prison wood shop.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank-you for visiting our store. We hope you return.

Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a nice variety of products. Toys, paintings, furniture, bird houses and cutting boards are just a few items they have. If you're planning on visiting the store plan on walking through a couple times. You're sure to miss some interesting or fun things you...More

Thank Robyn S
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Robyn, Thank-you for your comments. We offer over 650 different wood products at the store. Something for everyone!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My girls’ treasured doll house and many special family gifts were purchased here by myself and my MA family members. Much to the bewilderment of my husband, I added the Maine Prison Store as a ‘must do’ when planning our NC to MA & ME...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank-you for your kind words of our store. When we say are a "unique" we mean it, you never know what you will find as we add new items throughout the year. I am glad your husband enjoyed himself as well, our staff is always...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a fun place to visit. Such a huge variety of wooden craft made by prisoners in the state of Maine. The quality of the products is top-notch. And the prices are extremely reasonable.

Thank Kelly Y
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kelly, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope that you will return in the future as we like to add new items in the store.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place, out back you can check out the wall corner of the old prison It is now replaced with soccer and baseball fields This store is filled with fantastic true works of art. We stopped and bought and enjoyed it very...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank-you for visiting our store. We do try and offer something for everyone. There is a field behind the store where the old prison use to sit and there is a corner of the wall posts still there. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is the first year that we actually ran into a group of tourists on a bus tour. A little unusual for us but it really did not matter. Our home in Texas is full of items from the Prison Store and we love it...More

Thank Robert M
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Robert, Thank you for stopping by the store, we really enjoy seeing repeat visitors, we try to add new items each year. You never know what you are going to find in the store. And yes, we have different tour groups that like to visit...More

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WCLamb
I just inherited a nautical-themed lamp -- a wooden sailing ship with a wooden lampshade -- that was handcrafted by inmates at Thomaston and bought by my late father many years ago while vacationing in Maine. Having forgotten the name of where he and my mom got it, I googled for Maine prisons and came across the Maine State Prison showroom website. I was amazed at the display of handcrafted items inside. Now I'm anxious to make a trip to Maine to visit this wonderful store, and perhaps bring a bunch of items home with me. I'll need to pull my trailer behind my motorcycle to have enough space to pack all the goodies I buy! I have a friend in Augusta, so it might be time to go visit him and make a side trip to Thomaston. Oh yeah, I can smell a road trip to Maine coming this summer! I can hardly wait! And with the store hours posted it won't be an inconvenience to go. It appears that the inmates do some wonderful work, atypical of the things one finds these days (this is surely no Chinese dollar-store junk). And since those who are incarcerated have a lot of time on their hands, this is a wonderful way for them to keep busy, stay out of trouble, be industrious and productive, and maybe even learn a trade or gain some skills that could benefit them when they get out of prison. I would harbor no resentment that these items are made by people with a criminal past. I would commend them for the quality workmanship of those items they're producing.
29 March 2016|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
Good and ample parking behind the Prison Store off of Wadsworth for your return trip! See you this summer.
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Stephen V
11 February 2016|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
We normally have a Black Friday sale in November!
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tootsypop
21 January 2016|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
About 6 hours..
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