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
OPEN DAILY (Closed Wednesdays)
2022 Tour Schedule: (subject to change w/ staff availability)
Tours Daily (not Wednesday): Noon to last tour leaves at 4pm
Holiday: July 4th & 5th Tours: 11:30 - 2:30
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*Ticket sales in person only starting approx. 11:45am
* May sell out early so don't wait to buy tickets
* All Tours are Guided
* Tour Length: approximately 30 min
* Tours leave 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/ Phone Sales
* Limited Tickets Available each day (weekends are busy)
* NO Dogs or other pets (service dogs only!)
* If you are uncomfortable being near others, do not purchase ticket
Parking Lot Status... Due to limited size, NO PARKING in our lot Sat/Sun/Holidays except for Handicapped / Disabled plates or tags. No large vehicles, extended pick-up trucks, campers, passenger vans, or vehicles with bike racks. Sorry, no parking on the street as this is by permit only & you will get a $50 ticket. 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. If you do not have a handicapped tag, but cannot walk to the jail due to a physical condition, please park in our lot & advise staff as soon as you arrive. Please move your vehicle out of our lot immediately after your tour. (Violators. will be towed at vehicle owner's expense)
Weekdays, we have 4 spaces in our lot available plus 2 for handicapped patrons for you to park while on your tour (1 hour limit) Please call ahead for space availability 570-325-5259.
There is a County Parking Lot behind the train station (off Rt 209) 5 walkable blocks away. Note: If you approach the County Parking lot from Rt 903, on weekends you will not be able to turn left into the lot. Make the first right then turn left at the light.
$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
Tours consist of small groups. You will be seated in the Living Room to watch a 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. The 2nd floor is under renovations and not part of the tour. Before you leave, be sure to have a photo taken "behind the bars" which are located between the kitchen and gift shop.
There is a new trolley tour in town which provides a historical, narrated trolley tour; a continuous 1 hour loop Friday, Saturday & 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.*
Our historic 150 year old building has steps to come in all entrances.
Once in the front of the building, there is a step up and down to get into the main cell block to see the handprint.
The second floor & dungeon are only accessible by stairs.
Our back entrance stairway is more "modern".
There is one small step onto a concrete pad & another step into the staircase platform.
There are then 4 steps into the cellblock (picture below)
This entrance is off the gated exercise yard.
If you think you would be able to manage this stairway and come with someone who can help you, we will open the back gate.
Our staff may hold doors but cannot physically assist.
If you cannot make it in the building, on a nice day we would be happy to set up the video presentation outside where you could watch it.
Limited number of tickets available each day (Saturdays are busiest)
NOTE: Weekends (usually Saturdays) have been VERY BUSY in our small town. October weekends are EXTREMEY busy 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.
Weekdays: Our Guides are back in School * Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
* Closed Wednesdays * Tours every 1/2 Hour: 3pm & 3:30 & 4pm & 4:30* Last day of Season Fri Nov 12
Discounts offered for Weekday (Mon, Tue, Th, Fri)
Save $1 on above pricing
Senior Citizens (65+) save $3 (weekday ticket $8)