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The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum

Admission to The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum is included with the purchase of a self-guided or guided tour ticket. The museum is located off of the bullpen, between the East and West cell blocks.

History: “The Alley”

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At the center of each tier in the cellblocks, in between the two ranges of cells, is a door that opened to an area known as “The Alley.” Pictured here is one of the alleys on the East Cell Block. The alley contains all the utilities for the cells. This space made it convenient for maintenance personnel to inspect the utilities and was also used as a method for guards to maintain discipline amongst inmates. For example, guards could walk through the alleys and listen in on inmate conversations, monitoring for any misbehavior. Once during each shift, a guard was required to walk the length of the alley down a narrow catwalk for security purposes.
Want to learn more? Visit us for a self-guided tour and explore the building! We’re open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m!

Guided Tours Are Back!

The Ohio State Reformatory is pleased to announce that public guided tours are starting up again on June 2nd. We will be adding both the History Meets Hollywood and the Beyond the Bars tours to our regular offerings. Tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the ticket desk on a first-come, first-serve basis. At this point in time, Beyond the Bars will be offered on Saturday and Sunday only. If you have questions, please reach out to our Guest Services Coordinator, Ashleigh Ramey, at or by calling 419-522-2644 ext. 101. 

Hollywood News: Judas and the Black Messiah

Hollywood Update


We are excited to announce that Judas and the Black Messiah, which was partially filmed here at the Ohio State Reformatory, received 6 Academy Award nominations and won 2 of the 6 nominated categories. The nominations included best picture, best original screenplay, best cinematography, best original song, and 2 nominations for best-supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Of the 6 nominations, the film won Oscars in the categories of best-supporting actor: Danial Kaluuya and best original song: “Fight for You” by H.E.R. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Judas and the Black Messiah!

For more information, click here.

Restoration Updates

Restoration Updates

One never knows what one will find behind a corner, lodged in a cell crevice, or behind a cupboard. Restoration at the Reformatory is always an adventure and prepping the room off the Armory was no exception. The room contained a wooden cupboard that had to be removed in order to open the passageway for handicap accessibility from the Central Guard Room elevator. No big deal, right? The cupboard came down relatively easily but behind the cupboard lay 9 metal pieces. Keith picked them up and turned them over only to be met with the faces of 9 inmates. The dates indicate that these particular inmates were here from the early 1970s and one inmate is smiling as if he just got the news he was released! But how did they end up there? These were the inmate IDs that an inmate had to always carry on their person. Disciplinary action could result if they did not have it when asked. Was it a joke or were these the 9 men designated to build the cupboard? Like a builder leaving an item in a wall to leave their mark so to speak, were these men doing the same. We may never know!


(pictured above: Inmate I.D. cards)

North Central Ohio Home & Garden Show

2020 North Central Ohio Home & Garden Show

Friday, April 3, 3 PM-6 PM
Saturday, April 4, 10 AM-6 PM
Sunday, April 5, 11 AM-3 PM 

Entry to H&G Show $2 OR (2) non-perishable canned goods per person.
Entry to H&G show is included with General Tour Admission. ($15)

 *Handicap accessibility is available.

The Building Industry Association is a professional, non-profit, trade association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA).  Our goals are the promotion of new home construction, home remodeling, membership education, consumer education, and sensible regulations dealing with home construction.  Our paramount responsibility is to our customer, our community, and our country.

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ParaPsyCon 2020

Paranormal and Psychic Convention at one of America’s most famous Haunted Prisons

ParaPsyCon 2019

Hosted by the Tri-C Ghost Hunters, this annual event features speakers that include well-known authors, psychics, paranormal investigators and other experts in the arenas of the paranormal. A wide array of quality vendors offer unique, hard-to-find, and handmade items.  

Learn More about ParaPsyCon


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater



Join us for our annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “The Madness In Murder”

March 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th 

Tickets available now


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

The Shawshank Super-Fan Contest!


The Official Prizes, Rules, & Instructions on How to Enter The
Shawshank Super Fan Letter-Writing Contest


1. Two (2) All-Access Passes to ALL FOUR Shawshank 25 th
Anniversary Events sold through OSR, including: the official 25 th
anniversary screening of The Shawshank Redemption at the
Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, where the film first premiered, and
where a pre-screening panel discussion will take place, featuring
members of the cast and crew; entry to the “Shawshank 25 Meet &
Greet” Event, where at least 9 original cast members will be signing
autographs and posing for photos inside Shawshank State Prison;
entry to the Exclusive Shawshank Reception, a cocktail party where
members of the cast and crew will be in attendance; and a Self-
Guided Tour of Shawshank State Prison. Cast member list subject to change.

2. A Limited-edition “Shawshank 25” Collectible Coin

3. 2 Official Shawshank 25 T-shirts

4. “Escape Shawshank: The Game”
This one-of-a-kind, hand-built, banking-related board game comes
packed inside a hand-painted, Bluetooth-enabled, tote-able record
player (complete with yellow stripes and “Portland Public School
District” stencil on the lid); a custom-made record album (featuring 4
relevant songs); a candy tin filled with movie-related game pieces,
game cards, a pen (stolen) from the desk of Warden Samuel Norton,
a letter from Andy; a dozen hand-crafted prop replicas, made
exclusively at Shawshank State Prison; and a rock, picked at random
from the prison yard where several scenes from the movie were shot,
which comes inside a mini replica of the tin Andy buried and Red unearthed.

Total value: $2000



1. 2 Tickets to the “Shawshank 25 Meet & Greet” Event
On Saturday, August 17 th, 2019, the two runners up and their 2 guests
will meet all the cast members at the event inside Shawshank State
Prison, who will be signing autographs and posing for photos. Cast
member list subject to change. Total value: $500

2. 1 official Shawshank 25 T-shirt.

3. 2 limited-edition “Shawshank 25” Collectible Coin.
Total value: $500



1. 2 Tickets for a Self-Guided Tour of Shawshank State Prison

2. 1 official Shawshank 25 T-shirt. Total value: $150

– Rule #1. No blasphemy: We’ll not have the Lord’s name taken in
vain in your letter. Also, letter writers who include offensive language
in their letters – that is, any content our panel of judges deems to be
offensive – will be disqualified and they will not be eligible for prizes.
Please use respectful language. The rest of the rules, you’ll figure out
as you read along.

– Rule #2. Entry is free to anyone 13 or older: All contestants may
enter the contest free of charge. However, letter writers must be 13 or
older to enter the contest.

– Rule #3. Write your letter: Explain what the film The Shawshank
Redemption means to you, emphasizing what it would mean for you
to meet the cast of the movie if you won the contest.

– Rule #4. Please use the U.S. Postal service to mail your
letter — or if you prefer, you can email your letter to
Shawshank State Prison. Either way, please make sure you
include your legal name, address, email address, and phone number
so that we may contact you in the event that you are selected as one of
the thirteen winners. Your letter must be mailed or e-mailed to either
of the addresses listed below.

U.S. Postal Service Mail to


– Rule #5. Mail your letter by the deadline: JUNE 15th. All entries
must be postmarked or time-stamped by JUNE 15 th, 2019: To be
eligible for the contest, your letter or email MUST BE
JUNE 15th, 2019. Any letters or emails received after that date/time
will not be opened/read and will be discarded.

– Rule #6. This is not a lottery: This contest is not a random draw.
Winners will be chosen based on the content of their letters, the
creativity of their expression, and which contestants best explain why
meeting the cast is so important to them. Be creative and convincing:
Tell us what meeting the cast means to you.

– Rule #7. Await the letter review process: All letters will be reviewed
by the Shawshank “Parole Board”, an unbiased panel of judges who
will select the top 13 letters that best express what it would mean for
the authors to meet the cast of the film. Winners will be chosen based
on the quality of their letters, their creativity, and most importantly,
how well the letters express what it would mean for the author to
meet the cast of the movie. The letter-writer who best expresses why
meeting the cast of the movie means so much to them will win the
Grand Prize.

– Rule #8. If your letter is one of the 13 chosen, you must be
present at Shawshank 25 to redeem your prizes. No transfers,
no re-sales, and no refunds allowed. Tickets cannot be used by
anyone else, nor can they be sold or traded in for their cash value.

– Rule #9. Letter content. By submitting your letter, you agree to
allow Shawshank State Prison to use your content to promote
SHAWSHANK25. If your letter is selected, we will not reveal your full
name, we will only use only your initials in marketing and

promotions. When the winners are announced, we will list the first
and last names of all 13 Shawshank Superfan Prize winners.

– Rule #10. ONE entry only: Only one person or household may enter,
and applicants must be of 13 years of age or older.

– Rule #11. Public contest only: No one affiliated with The Ohio State
Reformatory, the Shawshank Trail, or any other organizations,
filming sites or locations – or their family members – or any other
partners or affiliates associated with Shawshank 25 can participate in
the contest.

– Rule #12. All decisions of the judges are final.

– Rule #13. All winners agree to abide by the terms and conditions of
all the events, and will not expect or receive preferential treatment
above and beyond other guests at these events.