Historic Prison Tours in Michigan's Prison Town

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Information Regarding our Season

 

WHO SAYS A PRISON TOUR CAN’T BE FUN?  TRY OUR TRIPADVISOR 5-STAR TOUR – YOU WILL COME BACK FOR MORE!

Our tours are seasonal and run from April 1st – mid-October 31st. Tour operators, please email, call, and book now for tours during the 2016 Tour Season and beyond, if you are booking now for future seasons. For the General Public, we suggest you call in late March and thereafter to book your individual tours. Thanks, and we’ll see you “on the inside”!  Scroll down for booking your tour!

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Booking Your Tour

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.

 

Click Here to See Schedule of Public Tours and to Make Your Reservation

TOURS FOR GROUPS AND FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC RUN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. GROUPS OF 20 HAVE A CHOICE OF THE SECOND DEGREE, OR THIRD DEGREE TOURS. GROUPS OF 25 PLUS HAVE A CHOICE OF THE FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD DEGREE TOURS. ALL OTHERS GET THE THIRD DEGREE. YOU MAY JOIN A FIRST DEGREE TOUR IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE ON A DAY ONE IS BOOKED. (All 3 Tours are rated 5-Stars on TripAdvisor and Facebook).
RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
THERE ARE NO TOURS ON SUNDAY.
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