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Jackson Historic Prison Tours

PO Box 1303
Jackson, MI 49204
United States
Regions: Southeast Michigan
(517) 474-4367
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Steven Rudolph
General Manager
Constructed in 1842, Michigan’s First State Prison is now Armory Arts Village, a community of galleries, work spaces, and apartments. While this historic site has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood, Historic Prison Tours offers a first-hand look at the former prison’s amazing architecture and eerie basement (solitary confinement). You’ll hear stories about notorious escapes and plate-throwing riots that resulted from over-crowding and difficult living conditions. From industrialism to rehabilitation, the influence this landmark has on Jackson’s history is remarkable and not to be missed!

Interested in seeing a more current representation of prison life?  Cell Block 7, a museum located on the grounds of a functioning prison, was recently an active cell block that served as the entry point for convicts such as Kwame Kilpatrick and Jack Kevorkian. Inmate-free since 2007, Cell Block 7 is now part of The Jacktown Double Tour and provides a look at how intense life behind bars really is. Once you take our tour, you’ll leave with a sobering reminder that freedom isn’t something to be taken for granted.