HOLIDAY TOUR SEASON -  November 28th - December 21st

Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm 

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The Ohio State Reformatory will close if winter conditions are unfavorable. If Richland County
(OH) is under a level 2 snow emergency the Reformatory will close its doors.
Please refer to to check if the Reformatory is open for business!


Movie Night:  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - December 19, 2014

This event is early registration only.

Tickets for just the movie presentation are available HERE

Tickets for the movie presentation and admittance to the self-guided tour route are available HERE


 Sunday Guided Tours: Holiday Tour

Due to conditions in the building in winter time The Reformatory will not be offering its usual guided tours. Instead of our usual tours (Hollywood, East Cell Block, Behind the Scenes, and West Tower) we will be offering the Holiday Tour.  This tour will encompass several aspects of the other tours with some new information about how Christmas was observed in a prison setting. There will be no designated times for these tours and will be only be available upon arrival on Sundays only. Please note: The self-guided tour is included with the guided tour admission. Once you finish your guided tour you can walk through the building again on the self-guided tour route!

 Self-Guided Tour Route

If you find yourself wanting to walk through the building at your own leisure then the self-guided tour route is for you! The self-guided tour route covers 80% of the building during the winter months and allows you to walk through the historic halls at your own pace! We also have audio wands that can share information with you as you walk along the tour route, enriching the overall tour experience. The Reformatory also has a variety of kiosks and a plethora of volunteers to share information with you as you walk along the tour route. Self-guided tours are available Wednesday-Sunday during our normally scheduled hours. 

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SUMMER TOUR SEASON  APRIL 1st 2015 - SEPT 1st 2015

* the video below states an opening date of May, however,

as of 2014 we now open for tours on April 1st. 


Self-Guided Tours

Offered daily between April 1st - September 1st  and during Holiday Tour Hours 

 Open 11am – 4pm

Self-guided tours allow guests to independently explore the entire facility at their own pace These tours are a great option for those who may require handicap accommodations as a customized tour of the ground level can be arranged. To maximize your experience, inquire about the Audio Wand Guide, so you can learn-as-you-go! The self-guided tour will last approximately 45 minutes – 1 ¼ hours.  No reservation or advance ticketing necessary.


Guided Tours

Offered on SUNDAYS ONLY between April 1st - September 1st and during Holiday Tour Hours.

 Open 11am – 4 pm  

Learn about the rich history of the Reformatory from a knowledgeable tour guide. Each guided tour lasts approximately 1 hour. While each of the tours covers a majority of the prison, the separate themes will grant access to specific areas not assessable by the other tours, which means something new to discover with each offering. Guided tours are kept to a maximum of 30 participants so that you might interact with your guide. No reservation or advance ticketing necessary. Please arrive early if you plan to take more than 1 tour while you visit. There are (4) guided tours to choose from:

Hollywood Tour | 11:00  12:30  2:00  3:30

See the office of the Prison Warden from Shawshank Redemption, the Parole Board Room and Andy Dufresne's escape tunnel. Hazard a trip into the sinister "hole." View the 1886 West Cell Block used as a Russian prison in Air Force One. This tour also involves extensive stair-climbing.

West Tower Tour11:30  1:00  2:30  4:00 

Experience the view from the Guard Tower after winding up the spiral staircase. From this perspective, you will see the cemetery in which inmates were buried with only their assigned number on the grave. This tour also stops at the Big Dig, where you can observe the underground tunnel system. There is extensive stair-climbing on this tour. Taking pictures from the wall or Guard Tower portion of this tour is NOT PERMITTED.

East Cell Block Tour | 12:00  1:30  3:00 

Travel the length of the East Cell Block, the world's largest freestanding steel cell block. On this tour, you will also pay a visit to the Catholic Chapel above the Central Guard Room. Get an insight into the living quarters as you venture on through multiple floors. This tour involves extensive stair-climbing.

Behind the Scenes Tour 11:00 1:00 3:00

Venture behind the scenes as your guide gives you access to areas not open to the general public. View the West Attic and hear stories of inmate punishment. See "The Yard" where Andy and Red would sit and talk. Delve into the sub-basement and the inner workings of the Ohio State Reformatory


Admission Information


Self-Guided...Adults $9            Youth, Seniors, College ID, and Military ... $2 discount

Audio Wand...additional $5

Guided Tour...additional Adults $5*         Youth, Seniors, College ID, and Military ... $2 discount

*Same Day Discount- If you are interested in taking more than Guided Tour, each tour after your first is only $7 a person. 

*Members of the Preservation Society recieve the $2 tour discount. 

*Private Group Tours are scheduled Monday-Friday only and receive a discount with 20 or more participants.

The Ohio State Reformatory is closed all major holidays.