Cell Block 7

Spend some time on the inside.

Michigan's Prison Museum

As Close To Prison As You Ever Want To Get

Welcome to the only prison exhibit that's within the walls of an operating penitentiary. Cell Block 7 is not just a replica or a likeness; it's a real prison, where thousands of convicts have done hard time. You'll inhabit the same cells, walk the same corridors, pass by the same gun towers as some of the most hardened criminals in Michigan's history. The difference is, when you're ready, you can just walk out the door.

 

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Exhibits

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

SEND A KITE

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.