The Old Jail Museum
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.
2021 Tour Schedule: (subject to change - see note * below)
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Last day of season is October 31 & will re-open May 2022.
Days may be added in November (depends on weather)
September & October: Our Guides are back in School
* Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
* Closed Wednesdays
* Tours every 1/2 Hour: 3pm & 3:30 & 4pm & 4:30
September & October Saturdays & Sundays:
* Tours Noon - last tour leaves at 4:30
* Tours leave every 20 minutes.
* 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)
* MASK's available for anyone uncomfortable being near others.
Parking Lot Status... We have about 5 spaces. No large vehicles, extended pick-up trucks, campers, passanger vans, or vehicles with bike racks. DURING THE WEEK, if a space is available you may park while you take a tour. You must move after your tour. 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. There is a County Parking lot behind the train station
5 walkable blocks away.
On Saturdays & Sundays & Holidays there is
NO PARKING in our lot is except for those with Handicapped / Disabled plates or tags. Please call to see if we have a parking space available for you to use while you are on a tour 570-325-5259. If we have an attendant, our lot may open weekends at 1pm for the general public with a donation appreciated for the local animal shelter.
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.
$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 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.*