Self-guided tours allow guests to independently tour the entire facility at their own pace. Saturday's and Sunday's are designed to allow patrons to learn about the Reformatory from a knowledgeable Tour Guide.

Paranormal Programs

Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society (MRPS) sponsored Ghost Hunts® are serious, but informal attempts to document paranormal activity at a castle-like former prison.

Escape From Blood Prison

Educational Visits

Curriculum for Teachers and Educational Professionals. For more information on activities and primary sources to compliment a visit to the Ohio State Reformatory, please contact us.

Photo Tours

Photo tours are available, by appointment only, for a cost of $150 for 4 hours. The image of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory is copyrighted. Any photography or video images are for personal use only.

Tour Bus Visits

Groups larger than 20 qualify for private, guided tours of the Reformatory at a reduced rate. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks prior to your planned arrival.

Shawshank Trail


Frequently Asked Questions

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Walk the same halls as history's most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Whether you're hunting for the paranormal or simply looking to tour the beautiful architecture, you can find it here at The Ohio State Reformatory.