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Old Jail Museum

128 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-1933
+1 570-325-5259
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Interesting but $$

not really worth the $10 admission. No wow factors really and you have to be able to withstand the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
V7813LVstephanies
"Great History" Well Preserved. .

We visited and took a lot of pictures as the jail is well preserves. With a zoom lens you can get... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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128 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-1933
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Reviewed 4 days ago

not really worth the $10 admission. No wow factors really and you have to be able to withstand the smell of dampness and dungeons!More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Sorry you were disappointed in your tour of the Old Jail. Hope you took time after your escorted tour of the 3 floors of the Old Jail to stay and read the many descriptive signs and original 1877 newspapers posted throughout the building. Yes, on...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited and took a lot of pictures as the jail is well preserves. With a zoom lens you can get goid pics of the infamous hand print in the closed cell. Great history behind on the this jail. If visiting Jim Thorpe for the...More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great comments on your Old Jail tour. Glad you not only enjoyed the tour, but learned a bit of history, also.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high hopes when visiting the Old Jail Museum due to recently touring the Eastern State Penitentiary. Their tour guides are all high school students which just kind of ruins the historic old jail feel. You can tell the guides aren't really that into...More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Sorry to hear you were disappointed in your tour of the Old Jail. Yes, the privately owned Old Jail is much smaller than Eastern State Penitentiary which is a Pennsylvania State Museum. Our guides do memorize their tours. They present the 35 minute tour at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

the old jail hot and stifling. they had a few fans, but not nearly enough in my opinion. Our guide was just ok. Her tone and cadence were sing-songy and grated on my last nerve. I did not think she was especially knowledgeable either.More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your tour of the Old Jail. Yes, the Old Jail can be hot on these unusually hot days, but 1871 jails were not air conditioned, and that's what this is. Gives you a good idea of how the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From old to young in our group, all enjoyed the simple tour through this retired jail. Nice stories told throughout. Reasonably priced

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear your group enjoyed your tour of the Old Jail. Hope the young ones learned a little more history, too. Hope we "see you in Jail" again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my 3rd visit over the years. The first visit must have been very early on in the jail's history as a museum-around 20 years ago I would say. All three visits were fun and interesting. Some of these negative reviewers are quite critical....More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for re-visiting the Old Jail and for your nice words. Autumn, your teenage tour guide, will be delighted to hear your comments. Our guides try hard to not only entertain but to educate visitors to the reality of an old prison - even a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went there last weekend while staying at a bed and breakfast right down the street. A sad part of American history to learn that the coal mining companies basically hired the Irish as slaves. They were paid very little, forced to...More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the nice comments on your tour of the Old Jail. It's always nice to hear that visitors learned more history. Hope we see you in jail again - the Old Jail, of course.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend this tour. Very interesting, and easy walk to the Jail from the downtown area. The price is right, also.

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice comments on your tour of the Old Jail. Pleased to hear you found it interesting. . See you in Jail!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour is around 20 minutes. Small groups. $10. History story at the end is interesting. The jail is in need of some serious painting. It's currently for sale, so maybe maintenance isn't the highest priority. Seemed to be consistent foot traffic during the week. You...More

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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Surprised to hear your tour was only 20 minutes. This is unusual and will be addressed since the guided tour takes between 35 and 45 minutes. We limit the size of each tour group to 20 visitors with a new tour beginning ever 20 minutes....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guided tour of the very small jail museum was informative but being able to walk around the jail at your own pace was better. We were told several historical events and things of interest about the building itself and the people who were held...More

Thank Robert C
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OldJail, Manager at Old Jail Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Old Jail and learned more history of the Old Jail and the Molly Maguires who were hanged there. Hope we "see you in Jail" again!

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Pgh-Mom-of-3
5 April 2017|
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Response from OldJail | Property representative |
The Old Jail will be open in June every day EXCEPT WEDNESDAYS. The actual tour takes about 45 min. Depending upon the number of people ahead of you waiting for a tour, there may be a 20 minute waiting time. You may stay in... More
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Betty M
21 November 2016|
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Response from JohnBCowgill | Reviewed this property |
99tigers and Barbara A answered your question about the hours.. I will tell you that it is worth visiting. The hanging took place inside so you will have to wait until it opens to see it.
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Betty M
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The Old Jail is presently closed for the winter and will reopen for tours Memorial Day weekend. Tour daily (closed Wednesdays) Memorial Day through Labor Day; weekends only in September and October. Hoursare 12:00 noon to... More
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