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.

The Cell Block 7 Museum will be closed on Saturday, June 8th as the staff will be working the Ella Sharp Museum's Art, Beer, and Wine Festival.

We will be open our normal hours the rest of that weekend.

For more information about the festival, please visit the link below:


Ella Sharp Museum's First Fridays: Michigan’s Most Dangerous Inmate with Tobin Buhk

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Tobin T. Buhk joins us at Cell Block 7 to talk about his newest book ‘Pardonable Matricide.’ The author will detail the story of Robert Irving Latimer, an inmate in Michigan’s prison system from ca 1893. Latimer ended up in prison for killing his mother, and ended up murdering a guard while incarcerated, only to be later pardoned by the governor of Michigan.

This event is part of our ‘First Fridays’ series. In 2019 experience the Ella Sharp Museum, Cell Block 7, and Peter F. Hurst Planetarium in new and exciting ways. Starting in March, every first Friday of the month will feature a unique event highlighting a special part of the museum in a different way.

Price: Every First Friday is $10, or $15 for two. Admission is free for members of the Ella Sharp Museum.



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!


For general tourist information, visit:



Did you enjoy your visit to Cell Block 7? Let us know why and review us on Trip Advisor: TripAdvisor


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.

If you have questions or comments please contact us.

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.