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Cell Block 7, Jackson

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Cell Block 7 is a museum about the history of the prison system in Michigan and the current life of incarcerated inmates at what was once the largest walled-prison in the world.

Located adjacent to working cell-blocks on the grounds of the active Southern Regional Prison, Cell Block 7 is designed to give attendees both the history and current state of corrections in Michigan. Cell Block 7 is owned and operated by the Ella Sharp Museum, also located in Jackson.

Hours of Operations:

Monday - Tuesday - Large tour groups by appointment

Wednesday - Sunday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Last ticket is sold at 4:00 PM

Tickets:

Adults (18+) - $15

Children 5- 17 - $8

Under 5 - Free

Military, Seniors, Ella Sharp Museum Members, College Students, MDOC Employees - $10
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  • Jackson State Prison was once the largest walled prison in the world. It is still very much an operating prison. Cell Block 7 is one of the larger of 14 cell blocks. It has been decommissioned and is ...  more »
  • I would perhaps classify this more as an experience than a museum. Block 7 is on active prison grounds, which is very obvious as you can see prisons all around you when you arrive. And that immediatel...  more »
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  • Was much better than expected. It doesn't look like they did much after Cell Block 7 closed and there was even dirt/broken/cracked floors and some walls which is how a museum should be. I want to see how something was, not how it wasn't. The unmodified state of the museum really created a surreal experience and it's the closest I've ever felt to being in prison. It does get a little cold in the winter though. Only major downside was photography is prohibited, but that's likely due to the fact that it is still an operational facility and the other cell blocks that are active have the same construction.
  • Very interesting tour, I have toured a couple other prisons both in the US and abroad. Each was a unique experience. Very interesting to see the intake process, then the cell block itself. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, parking was easy to find and ample. One note. No cameras or phones on the tour.

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