Tours

Old Joliet Prison Tours proudly sponsored by:

Self-Guided Tours

Walk the site at your own pace. Informational signs are stationed throughout the grounds providing historical information and photos. The North Segregation Building, Cafeteria and East Cell house are open to walk through.
General Public: $20.00
JAHM Museum Members are free
Children (ages 3-12): $10.00
Children under the age of 3 are free
Photography Tripod fee $10.00

Flashlight Tour

General Public: $28.00
Museum Member: $8.00
Walk the site at your own pace. Informational signs and lights are stationed throughout the grounds providing historical information and photos. The North Segregation Building, Cafeteria and East Cell house are open to walk through.


Prison After Dark Tour

General Public: $40.00
Museum Member: $35.00
A 90-minute walking tour covering the darker side of the Prison. This historical tour will cover some of the more macabre stories as you walk through the site at dusk. This tour takes you into the East and West Cell Houses, North Segregation, Cafeteria, Chapel, and the Honor Dorm.
Disclaimer: This tour does not involve ghost hunting or paranormal activity and is not recommended for small children.


Guard Tour

General Public: $40.00
Museum Member: $35.00
A 90-minutes walking tour led by two docents who worked at the Prison while it was still in operation until its closing in 2002. You will hear about the daily life at the Prison during their time there – a more personal take on the site’s history. This tour takes you into the East and West Cell Houses, North Segregation, Cafeteria, Chapel and Honor Dorm.
Disclaimer: Adult themes and language used.


Photography Tour

General Admission: $50.00
Museum Member: $45.00
For photography enthusiasts these tours allow a two-hour time window to capture unique shots of the Prison and its limestone. Tours in the West Section include the following areas: West Cell House, Cafeteria, Commissary (back portion), North Segregation, Yard Area, Burnt District and Cistern Area. Tours in the East Section include the following areas: East Cell House, Solitary basketball court, Chapel, North Segregation, Yard Area, Burnt District and Cistern Area.


General History Tour

General Public: $30.00
Museum Member: $25.00
A 90-minute walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison lead by docents and trained tour guides from the Joliet Area Historical Museum. This tour talks about the general history of the site from when it was first opened in 1858 till its closure in 2002. This historic tour is a great introduction to the Prison and its history. This tour takes you into the East and West Cell Houses, North Segregation, Cafeteria, Chapel, and the Honor Dorm.

Just a reminder we will be closed the following days:

Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

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