Cell Block 7

Cell Block 7, Jackson: Hours, Address, Cell Block 7 Reviews: 4.5/5

Cell Block 7
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kris & Peg
4 contributions
Sobering view of the Big House
Aug 2019
Very surreal. Just a little glimpse at what a prisoner faced. See the improvised weapons prisoners made. hear the cell doors slam shut. see the lack of privacy
Written March 8, 2020
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GrandpaRdeer
18 contributions
Cell Block 7 closing 12/29/2019
Aug 2019
~11/13/2019 Lansing State Journal announced: The Ella Sharp Museum has announced it's permanently closing the prison museum it opened five years ago at the former State Prison of Southern Michigan. The final day of operation is Dec. 29. ... Cell Block 7 is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Corrections and the museum.
Written December 30, 2019
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Karen C
Jackson, MI3 contributions
Prior Officer in 7 Block
Oct 2019 • Solo
I would love to give tours of this cellblock as I was a part of its history for 13 years. Not sure if one can traverse the galleries or gun towers but those are amazing. I used to man the one that oversees the cellblock. The gallery I worked was mainly third. The cellblock was painted yellow just a few years prior to closing. I miss the block and my fellow officers. The picture below is me sitting at the count desk which was across from the Lts. Both desks are still on the gallery I believe
Written October 14, 2019
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442GaryF
Plymouth, MI48 contributions
Fascinating experience!
Aug 2019
Jackson State Prison was once the largest walled prison in the world. It is still very much an operating prison. Cell Block 7 is one of the larger of 14 cell blocks. It has been decommissioned and is now a museum. Cell Block 7 is the only prison exhibit within the wall of an operating penitentiary. It is one fascinating place, but best experienced if you take the guided tours that are offered at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Definitely take the time to experience this with a guide. Our guide, Annie, spent well over an hour taking us through the history of Jackson Prison, how the prisoner are processed in, what the life is like inside the cell blocks, etc. Annie was extremely knowledgeable and conducted a fascinating tour. Several Hollywood films (e.g. "Conviction" and "Stone" were partially filmed inside Cell Block 7. Well worth the time!
Written August 30, 2019
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David van Driessche
Ghent, Belgium176 contributions
Small "museum" but well worth it
Aug 2019
I would perhaps classify this more as an experience than a museum. Block 7 is on active prison grounds, which is very obvious as you can see prisons all around you when you arrive. And that immediately gives a different feel to the place. What you visit is a separate block (so you don't see inmates), but it still feels like you are visiting a real prison.

You can't take pictures or have a cell phone with you, but you're free to roam the place and visit the admission center and the cell block itself. I would however highly recommend you take the free tour. Takes about an hour and gives you much more information than simply wandering around.

All in all, I was happy that I stopped here and decided to visit. Well worth its admission fee.
Written August 17, 2019
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GrandpaRdeer
18 contributions
Interesting Tour of the World's Largest Prison
Jul 2019 • Couples
Self-guided as well as guide-led tour. I'd recommend both. We were there at opening and the guided tour started 30 minutes later, so we wandered. Learned a lot the guide didn't cover from the posters, etc. The guide covered other material not in the posters, so not much duplication. Interesting tour of the World's Largest Prison.
Written August 5, 2019
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Laura J
10 contributions
Very interesting
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was part of the Jackson prison tour, I was amazed at how life was in this prison. Highly recommend going.
Written July 13, 2019
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brhoadb
Burlington, KY24 contributions
Fascinating
Apr 2019 • Family
In town for a family reunion and several of us decided to take the self-guided tour on a Sunday. So glad we did. Ages ranged from 19 to 66 and none of us were disappointed. Lots of information and we all had fun with the scavenger hunt. We would all recommend this.
Written May 7, 2019
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Chris L
Jackson, MI6 contributions
Fascinating
May 2018 • Family
My wife and I went to check it out on a rainy day. Even though they were not running tours that day, we more than got the value we paid admission for. We were free to check out the displays, read the history, see what the (physical) conditions were for incarceration. It was an incredible experience.
Written April 14, 2019
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Shanon B
1 contribution
Just wow!
Apr 2019 • Family
The museum was great to visit and the Awe of walking into a place like cell block 7 was indescribable for me. Wow! But the tour guides topped it off the experience. Paige gave us so much history and answers all our questions and Steve gave us stories and brought the place to life. Great family day!
Written April 6, 2019
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Cell Block 7 is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM