2021 Tour Schedule: (subject to change - see note * below)
Open Through Labor Day Monday:
Daily Tours (Closed Wednesday)
Noon to last tour leaves at 4:30
September, October, schedule TBA
* All Tours are Guided
*First tour leaves at Noon ~ Last Tour leaves at 4:30 * Tour Length: approximately 30
* Tours schedule ever 20 - 30 min
* All tickets purchased in person the day of the tour
* Tickets may be purchased for a time later in that day
* Sorry, no advanced sales or online sales
* Limited tickets available each day (weekends are busy)
* MASK's available for anyone uncomfortable being near others.
Parking Lot Status... CLOSED
Sorry, NO PARKING in our small lot due to major renovation project. The front steps are also being renovated but visitors will be able to enter by walking up driveway & entering front door. There is a County Parking lot behind the train station - 5 walkable blocks away. The lot on the street level is NOT for jail use. It is home-owner parking only & you will be towed if you park there.
For those with handicapped plates or elderly: please call to see if we have a parking space available for you to use while you are on a tour 570-325-5259.
Limited number of tickets available each day (Saturdays are busiest)
NOTE: Weekends (usually Saturdays) have been VERY BUSY in our small town. If you want to find a parking space in town on a weekend. we suggest you come early (before noon). Jail tickets are limited so do not wait until the last tour to come purchase tickets because some weekends we sell out by mid-afternoon.
* NOTE: Renovation Project
Schedule Subject to Change
After 150 years the front wall near the sidewalk decided to move & is under the process of being repaired. We are awaiting Contractor Scheduling. And after the schedule is set, it will probably rain & mess up the schedule.
$11 - Adult
$ 9 - Teenager (13 - 17) - $9
$ 6 - Children ( 6-12)
Children under 5 FREE
ACTIVE Duty USA Military - FREE with ID
$1.00 Discount for Veterans & Law Enforcement/ 1st Responders with ID
Discounts offered for Weekday (Mon, Tue, Th, Fri)
Save $1 on above pricing
Senior Citizens (65+) save $3 (weekday ticket $8)
Tours consist of small groups. You will be seated in the Living Room to watch a 15 minute presentation. A guide will then escort your group into the dungeon & cell block. After your guided tour, you are welcome to take time on your own in the main cell block. There are informational signboards on the walls, and you may go in any cell that is opened. Photos may be taken of everything EXCEPT the HANDPRINT. Before you leave, be sure to have a photo taken "behind the bars" which are located between the kitchen and gift shop.
PARKING - the jail has a SMALL parking lot up the drive alongside the jail for you to park during your tour (max 1.5 hours). We only have space for about 8 cars. You must move your vehicle after your tour. Our lot fills up quickly. LOT MAYBE CLOSED DUE TO MAJOR RENOVATION PROJECT
NO LARGE VEHICLES, EXTENDED Pick-up Trucks, campers, passenger vans, or campers. If you are planning on enjoying our town while you are here, we suggest you find a parking space in town and not park in the lot since there may not be any available parking in town if you wait until after your tour. There is a County Parking Lot off Rt 209 in the area behind the train Station. This lot is 5 walkable blocks to/from the Old Jail.
There is a new trolley tour in town which provides a historical, narrated trolley tour; a continuous 1 hour loop Friday- Sunday weekly with unlimited re-boarding. They may also offer parking opportunities with transportation to town from other areas. For more info on trolley www.JimThorpeTrolley.com
Please, if you are concerned about being near others,
do not buy a ticket. *By purchasing a tour ticket & anyone entering the jail building assumes all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The Old Jail Museum & Heritage Center, Inc or any of its affiliates, employees, agents, contractors or owners liable for any injury or illness.*
Note: The Jail is Closed each year from November until the end of May.
The whole building is secured for the winter weather. The water is turned off & pipes drained so there is no possibility of a frozen pipes. The many window coverings and cell door have insulated covers. The winter temperature is kept at about 40° (a damp and cold temperature). To maintain the 40° tempurature the furnace runs about 4 hours a day at a cost of about $850/month.
Why don't we turn on the heat and have winter tours? It would cost us about $250/DAY to heat the Jail to a comfortable temperature to have visitors.
The Old Jail Museum