Cell Block 7

Spend some time on the inside.

Michigan's Prison Museum

As Close To Prison As You Ever Want To Get

Located on active prison grounds, Cell Block 7 offers visitors a unique museum experience. You won’t have to imagine prison life; you’ll feel it as you inhabit the same cells and walk the same corridors as some of Michigan’s most hardened criminals. At Cell Block 7 you can learn about Jackson’s prison history and see what it’s like to spend some time on the inside.


Cooper Street Construction Warning

For those looking to visit us from I-94, please be advised that the Cooper Street exit 139 will be out of commission for a few months. Please make use of the Elm Street and US-127 exits. You can then travel on Parnall Road until you reach Cooper Street. 

Please visit the website below for more construction information:



Guided Tours

Cell Block 7 staff will be offering guided tours of the museum. Tours will be offered at 10:30am & 2:00pm and are expected to last between 40-60 minutes.

Tours are included in the admission price and no reservations are needed. As long as one person has interest, the tour will go on!

The tour will cover: a brief history of Jackson's Prisons, CB7's role as part of the Reception & Guidance Center for the MDOC, Jackson prisons today, and more!


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Explore the cell block to find historic artifacts, prisoner artwork, and rotating exhibits detailing events such as great escapes and prison businesses.


A "kite" was a letter sent to and from prisoners with requests.

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Prison History

The prison history in Michigan is a rich one. In the 1800s, a state prison brought much to a city. Prisons and life within have changed over the course of time.