Historic Prison Tours in Michigan's Prison Town


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Information Regarding our Season

Our tours are seasonal and run from mid-April – mid-November due to the facility being too cold for winter tours. Tour operators email, call, and book now for tours during the 2015 Tour Season and for future seasons, if you are planning ahead. For the General Public, we suggest you call starting in April and May to book your individual tours. Thanks, and we’ll see you “on the inside”!

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Public Tours


Tours for the Public (The Third Degree Tour) are by appointment from Monday through Saturday. Two or more people are required. 

The tour takes you through Michigan’s First State Prison, now Armory Arts Village, and covers the Jackson’s Prison history from its beginning in 1839 through the present-day State Prison of Southern Michigan. Visitors also experience the artistic vision that the old prison has become today: Armory Arts Village, listed on MSN in the top ten most unique buildings in the world in which to live. The tour lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours. A live, knowledgeable tour guide is with you at all times to share the intriguing historical stories and to answer your questions. When the tour is done, you may browse in the Old Prison Gift Shop and Art Gallery.



      Listen to “Jackson County Blue”

       by Bill Bynum while you tour our site.