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Old Joliet Prison Tours

Haunted History  Guard Tour  Self Guided  General History  Photography  Paranormal Tour  Ghost Hunt 101

Please note that social distancing guidelines will be in effect. All guests are expected to abide by these rules in order to create a safe atmosphere. 

Old Joliet Prison Tours proudly sponsored by D'Arcy Buick GMC


 

No tickets will be mailed. Your name and the names of all registered guests will be entered on a check-in list. Guests will provide their name upon arrival.

  • Due to State public health mandates, tour guests will be limited to outdoor areas only.  All tickets must be pre-purchased at jolietmuseum.org.

    • To get member or resident discount, I.D. must be shown at check-in at the prison.
    • All participants will be required to sign a digital waiver of liability/hold harmless agreement before entering.
    • Tours will meet at the Old Joliet Prison Main Parking Lot off of Collins Street in front of the prison. (Address: 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432)
    • Guests will check in at the main Check-In/Gift Shop Building located at the west end of the parking lot directly across from the prison.
    • Closed toe shoes should be worn and dress for the weather as tours will be happening rain or shine.

    Please check your calendar before purchasing your tickets. Once sold, tickets are non-refundable.

    At the current time, tours are not ADA approved. 70% of the tour is accessible for all patrons.

    Please keep in mind this is an outside, approximate 1 mile walking tour, should you need any special accommodations, please contact info@jolietmuseum.org up to 72 hours before your tour. 
     

Old Joliet Prison "Self-Guided Prison Tour"

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Over the course of 1.5 hours, you will be able to freely walk the site on a designated path. While you will not have access to buildings, we have signs along the way for you to learn more about how life would have been. Tour hours between 10am and 5pm

  • General Public: $20
  • Museum Members/Residents of Joliet: $15 (valid ID required)
  • Children (ages 3-12): $10
  • Children under the age of 3 are free (but must still be registered in order to be admitted)

To sign up for a Self-Guided Old Joliet Prsion Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

Self-Guided Tour

 

Old Joliet Prison "Self-Guided FLASHLIGHT Prison Tour" 

For limited time only, this self-guided journey gives guests the opportunity to explore the grounds of the Prison behind its 25-foot high limestone walls at their own pace at night between hours of 5pm and 8pm (until 10pm Thursday - Saturday). Included with admission is a Limited-Edition Old Joliet Prison Flashlight to light your way (while supplies last). Illuminated interpretative signage illustrating the history of the Prison with dozens of historic photos and firsthand accounts guides your journey.

The "Captain's Court Beer Garden" will be available to tour guests on select evenings as follows; Thursday, Oct. 21st, Friday, Oct. 22nd, Saturday, Oct. 23rd, Thursday, Oct. 28th, Friday, Oct. 29th, Saturday, Oct. 30th, & Sunday, Oct. 31st . Guests ages 21+ have access to the beer garden with operating hours from 5pm to 9:30pm. Features include live acoustic music, craft beer, wine, etc.

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Over the course of 1.5 hours, you will be able to freely walk the site on a designated path. While you will not have access to buildings, we have signs along the way for you to learn more about how life would have been. 

  • General Public: $22
  • Museum Members/Residents of Joliet: $18 (valid ID required)
  • Children (ages 3-12): $12
  • Children under the age of 3 are free (but must still be registered in order to be admitted)

To sign up for a Self-Guided FLASHLIGHT Prison Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

Self-Guided Tour


Old Joliet Prison "Historical Tour"

Minimum 10 years of age

Tickets:

  • General Public: $30
  • Museum Member: $25

1.5 hour 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 prison from when it was first opened in 1858 to present day. These historic tours are a great introduction to the site and its history. This tour does take you into a select few buildings.

To sign up for an Old Joliet Prsion Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

Prison Tour


Old Joliet Prison "Haunted History Tour"

Strongly recommended for ages 16+

Ticket Price: $40 general admission

1.5 hour walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison covering the darker side of the Historical Prison. This historical tour will cover some of the more grim stories as you walk through the prison at dusk. This tour does take you into a select few buildings.

Disclaimer: This tour does not involve ghost hunting.

The "Captain's Court Beer Garden" will be available to tour guests on select evenings as follows; Thursday, Oct. 21st, Friday, Oct. 22nd, Saturday, Oct. 23rd, Thursday, Oct. 28th, Friday, Oct. 29th, Saturday, Oct. 30th, & Sunday, Oct. 31st . Guests ages 21+ have access to the beer garden with operating hours from 5pm to 9:30pm. Features include live acoustic music, craft beer, wine, etc.

To sign-up for an Old Joliet Prison Haunted History Tour, click on the button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends:

Haunted History Tour


Old Joliet Prison "Guard Tour"

Recommended for ages 16+

Ticket price: $40 general admission

1.5 hour walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison 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. Due to the mature nature, this tour is strongly recommended for 16+ and all minors must be accompanied by a guardian. This tour takes you into a select few buildings.

To sign-up for an Old Joliet Prison Guard Tour, click on the button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends:

Prison Tour


Old Joliet Prison "Photography Tour"

Minimum 10 years of age

Ticket Price: $50 general admission

4 hours on the expansive Historic Prison site taking photos in the morning light with supervised access to the prison yard and limited, predesignated buildings. The natural beauty of the limestone and architecture will inspire you.

Building access is limited on site, please email info@jolietmuseum.org to see available buildings. No modeling permitted on these tours.

To sign up for an Old Joliet Prison Photography Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

Photography Tour Old Joliet Prison


Old Joliet Prison "Paranormal Investigation Tour"

Recommended for ages 18+

Ticket price: $75 general admission

3.5 hour paranormal investigation of the Old Joliet Prison site led by a special guest investigator with 20 years experience and a historical guide from the museum. The two will lead you through the site into several buildings where the group can investigate (together or on their own) before being led to the next location. 

Guests wil be allowed to bring their own equipment to use in the buildings as they see fit. The two guides will be available to answer questions or suggestions. Groups will be limited to 15 people.

To sign up for an Old Joliet Prison Paranormal Investigation Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

   Paranormal Investigation Tour


Old Joliet Prison "Ghost Hunt 101 Tour" (NEW!)

Recommended for ages 15+

Ticket price: $50 general admission

This 2 hour tour is ideal for anyone who is new to paranormal investigating and wants to walk the historic grounds at night - learning both history and ghost hunting.

Guests wil be allowed to bring their own equipment to use in the buildings as they see fit, but are not required to. The guides will be available to answer questions or suggestions. Groups will be limited to 15 people.

To sign up for an Old Joliet Prison Ghost Hunt 101 Tour, click on the Book Now button or call (312)-978-1282 during regular business hours and weekends.

Ghost Hunting 101


Gift Cards are also available!

eCash Gift Cards in various amounts available

We follow all state mandated guidelines in regards to Covid-19, and as the safety of our guests, staff and community is always a priority, we have added a variety of temporary safety protocols. Please note that all dates, details and protocols are subject to change based on full adherence to State of Illinois Public Health Guidelines.