Old Jail Museum, Jim Thorpe

Must see · History Museum · Museum
Wander the Old Jail's cold hallways, past Cell 17 with its mysterious handprint on the wall, under the gallows on which seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death, and down into the eerie dungeon.

REGULAR TOURS Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day (Closed Wednesdays)

September & October weekends only

Hours: 12:00 to last tour at 4:30 p.m.

Admission: Adults ~ $7...

Students/Seniors over 65 ~ 65 ...

Children 6-12 ~ $5

Ghost Tours in October - see website for info www.theoldjailmuseum.com/ghosts

Limited Parking in our lot. For additional parking, please park behind the Train Station and take a nice stroll 6 blocks up Broadway. You'll find many quaint shops and historic sights along your way.
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  • It was a nice relaxed tour. The intro to the jail was a no budget video. We were told that it was due to COVID they did not have someone do a live intro. They also had a high science fair type...  more »
  • Very informative and great history lesson. Can't believe the jail was still functioning into the 1990's! Glad they kept the heat on for us on the last day in mid-November!  more »
  • Interesting small town history. The tour is quick and small. The hand on the wall is probly what you have in mind you cant get close to it or take pictures of it. The jail is in decent shape for the.....  more »
  • I didn't get an opportunity to visit the jail due to it being closed when we're visiting. However, I love Broadway Street and all the architecture. Highly recommend a visit if you've yet to experience this beautiful and historic town.
  • I grew up in the former Summer House right across from this museum. My dad was kind to the owner's wife whenever she needed to make a U-Turn at the Opera House. Out of her kindness, she allowed me and my siblings to have free tours. I've always loved this museum. I highly recommend everyone to go if you haven't already. I've taken tours one after another. I always had fun there. Such mysteries and knowledge to take in. The inside of this Old Jail is like the pages of a book. Every time you read it, the more you notice, learn, and think of. The tour guides all enjoyed my company, although you'd never expect a seven year old little girl to take such fascination to this kind of scenery. I gave five stars because of the experiences I've had in that museum. Once again, I highly recommend everyone to go to this place. It will not let you down.
  • I love this place. I go here every time I go to Jim Thorpe. It holds a lot of history and stories. Whenever I bring my camera to take pictures, there are always these small orbs somewhere in the picture. The tour guide tells us that those small orbs are the spirits who have been in the jail. The jail wasn’t “scary” but I did feel a little frightened when we went down to the dungeon. It was dark and it was where the prisoners were kept for solitary confinement. As they said in the beginning of the tour, I did feel an eery presence surrounding me. The tour was so fun!! To me, this whole experience is very amusing. I do suggest this to anyone who comes down to Jim Thorpe. Especially, ones who are interested in the paranormal.
  • Holds a lot of history. Great tour by a knowledgeable guide. The Molly Maguire's story is very interesting!
  • Definitely worth a visit. Try to get Peggy Sue for your guide. Attn : there is on site parking and veterans get 50% off.

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