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Jackson Historic Prison Tours

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Take the Jacktown Double and see Two Huge Prisons in One Great Tour! Experience nearly 200 years of Jackson’s fascinating prison history. Fun and knowledgeable guides take from one memorable character to another. Hear unforgettable stories about...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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100 Armory Ct, Jackson, MI 49202-3583
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting tour with an extremely knowledgeable tour guide Steve. Lots of interesting facts about the area and the early days of the prison. I'd highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tour guide was knowledgeable, informative, & entertaining. Highly recommend to anyone who is curious about Michigan's prison system.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my mother and my friend on the store yesterday and had the best time! Our tour guide was Steve a retired firefighter and he did an amazing job of telling wonderful exciting stories of the prisoners of past and some of the more...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm glad you loved our tour. The history here is fascinating and we love telling it. Come back again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled to Jackson from Windsor, Canada to take part in this tour as research for a book in progress. The experience was beyond my expectations. Our guide Jim was a wealth of knowledge and extremely personable. I highly recommend this tour for all ages. I...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm glad you enjoyed your experience here. We are proud of this tour. Come back soon, each guide has a different perspective and all are enthusiastic story tellers.

Reviewed July 24, 2018

My friends and I took the 3.5 hour tour of the historic prison and Cell Block 7. I was concerned about the length of the tour, but the time flew by and the history of the prison was fascinating. Jim was our guide and it...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. The history of this prison has influenced the history of this state from the very beginning.

Reviewed July 22, 2018

We did the Jackson Double...started at the old prison, then finish at the current prison, (Cell Block 7). Our guide, Jim, was so knowledgable, fun to listen to and interact with. You'll learn about the first prison in Michigan and how it came to be,...More

Thank Tom S
steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Thanks for the great review, we take your comments seriously and are always looking to make it better.

Reviewed July 2, 2018

my second visit but this time with family. there were only 4 people on tour so very easy to converse with guide. we walked outside to the wall and train gate, down to tunnel area and kids went into tunnels. they are blocked off after...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

It sounds like Susan gave you a great tour. We are proud of our guides and the history we reveal. Thanks for your review and your interest. Steve

Reviewed June 20, 2018

Wonderful walking tour that included interesting stories of the past and present of Historical Jackson Prison. Steve, Jim and Jan took our senior group tour on an amazing journey of incarceration beginning in the 1800's, through modern day. The squalid conditions of early prison life...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks for taking our tour and the good review. We love doing these tours because we have as much fun as our guests.

Reviewed May 24, 2018

The Jackson Double (both Michigan's first prison AND Cell Block 7) is awesome! Such a great, historical experience with Steve and Jim as knowledgeable, entertaining guides. As someone who has also explored Cell Block 7 independently, I very highly recommend their tours, the information and...More

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steven r, Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2018

Thanks for your review. Your assessment of our tour is important to us.

Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

I did what they called the Jacktown Double tour, which you get to see the original 1839 prison and block 7 of the 2nd "newer" prison. It was very informative. It should be noted you're not allowed to have cameras or phones with you on...More

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steven r, General Manager at Jackson Historic Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2018

Thanks for your feedback about our tour. We love what we do and are always looking for new and interesting stories. Your comments about good walking shoes are correct. I will add more rest stops into the tour. Steve.

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Princess1960
August 30, 2016|
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Response from steven r | Property representative |
If you book online at historic prison tours you can save $4.00 off the regular price of $30.00
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Sue D
August 29, 2016|
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Response from lesaj798 | Reviewed this property |
There are two prisons to tour, the original 1st prison of Michigan and the second prison that the inmates of the first prison built. Cell Block 7 (2nd prison) is a museum in the current working Jackson Prison; the original... More
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Nancy A
March 11, 2016|
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Your 10 year old would like the tour but it may be over the 7 year old's head. However we have had children that age attend and they were attentive.
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