Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson : Michigan's Destination for History

Whether you admire history or are simply looking to make the most of your time in Jackson, Michigan, our preserved historical sites are the perfect way to take a trip back in time. From fine art to civil war landmarks, there are plenty of historic attractions for everyone. A historical vacation to these affordable destinations will teach and inspire:


History on the Move: Historic Railroad Town

Jackson Michigan's Historic Train Station

Built in 1873 — explore the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the country. Take a walking tour of Jackson to explore this and more.

Current Day Jackson, Michigan Railroad Station


American Civil War: Experience the Heat of Battle

Jackson, Michigan's Civil War Era HistoryPhoto by Dale Fisher

Relive history with the longest running, largest Civil War Muster and re-enactment in the entire Midwest or one of Jackson’s many Civil War era monuments and sites.


Jackson's Prison History : Life Behind Bars

Cell Block 7 - Jackson, Michigan's Prison History

Jackson is home to Michigan’s first state prison and only prison museum located adjacent to an operating prison complex—experience the other side of the bars without committing a crime. Learn more about how you can experience life on the other side.


Explore History Museums of All Types

Jackson, Michigan Museums - Ye Old Carriage Shop

Packed with unique galleries in the most unlikely of settings — choose a unique exhibit that interests you


Where the Republican Party was Born : Under the Oaks Historic District

Under the Oaks - Birthplace of the Republican PartyPhoto by Dale Fisher

Visit the birthplace of the Republican Party and stroll through the 15 block historic district.

A little bit of history, wherever you look. Check out our museums!

Jackson Michigan History Museums

Connecting generations with art, culture, and history Jackson, Michigan, welcomes visitors to explore the many historic museums and attractions around the city. The interactive exhibits make history visible, accessible, and... » Read more on Jackson Michigan History Museums

Jackson, Michigan’s Civil War Heritage

Come explore the American Civil War in Jackson, Michigan. Jackson’s Civil War attractions help to uncover Michigan’s role in the anti-slavery movement of this era. The... » Read more on Jackson, Michigan’s Civil War Heritage

Birthplace of the Republican Party

Under the Oaks On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, to found a new political party. Since the convention day was hot and the huge... » Read more on Birthplace of the Republican Party

Irish Hills Historic Churches Driving Tour

As immigration into the newly-christened Michigan state territory reached its peak, a small knot of Irish immigrants, some seeking new life in the United States, others fleeing the ongoing Potato... » Read more on Irish Hills Historic Churches Driving Tour

Explore History with Kids

Education and entertainment — historical family vacations are a great way to mix learning with the thrill of exploring a new place. No doubt, history can come back to life... » Read more on Explore History with Kids

Prison History

If you’ve always wondered what it was like behind bars and don’t want to taint your record to find out– plan a visit to Jackson. ... » Read more on Prison History