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.


We will be closed on Sunday, April 21st. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!


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.