Cell Block 7

Spend some time on the inside.

Michigan's Prison Museum

Cell Block 7 Museum will close permanently on Dec. 29, 2019

Thank you to all of our 35,000+ visitors for five amazing years of programs and tours that shared Jackson's prison history with the world.

Plan your visit now before Dec. 29. Once the museum closes, the Ella Sharp Museum will continue to collect prison artifacts, documents, and photographs and to tell Jackson's prison history through stories, exhibits, and programming.

Cell Block 7 is honored to have worked with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Experience Jackson for marketing support, and all of the many community partners who helped make CB7 a reality.

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.


Winter Hours

Winter hours start November 1st.

Winter hours: Friday through Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm with guided tours at 10:30am and 2:00pm!


I-94 Construction Warning

For those looking to visit us from I-94, please be advised that there is a lot of construction happening near Jackson and some of the exits are currently closed. The Parnall Rd exit on US-127 continues to be an easy alternative for those looking to visit the museum. 

Please visit the website below or call the museum if you have any questions.



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:



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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.