Public Ghost Hunts 2020

Have you heard the dark, harrowing stories of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory? Now is the time to experience the sinister tales for your self. Get your adrenaline pumping by exploring the 130-year-old gothic structure with your adventurous friends. 

Our Ghost Hunts offer something for every skill set! Based on your personal skill level with investigating the paranormal, our guides will split participants into 3 groups. 

For Beginners:

Our ghostly guides will show you how to test the limits of paranormal investigating, including interaction with entities or spirits, documenting encounters, and basic use of ghost hunting equipment as we take you on a tour of the decommissioned prison.

For Intermediate:

Interested investigators are welcome to join a knowledgeable tour guide on a 1-hour tour of the facility to better understand the footprint of the building and to hear the stories of the most documented hot-spots. 

For Advance Repeat Visitors:

Begin your investigation in areas that are known remarkably for their paranormal activity.


After the tours conclude, pizza will be available for grazing throughout the evening as well as soda, coffee, and hot chocolate. Independent investigating will go until 3 am. OSR staff will be available all evening for assistance. Above all, we want all participants to have a positive and safe evening.

There are endless areas for investigation in the 250,000 square feet of the facility. Walk the range on the sixth tier of the worlds largest free-standing cell block or sit in the warden's bedroom where his wife sustained a mortal gunshot wound. Other areas include West Cell Block, Solitary Confinement, Chapel, and Administration. 

Ghost Hunts are offered on selectSaturdays throughout the year. Participants arrive between 6 pm and 6:45 pm to complete registration. The Museum Store/Gift Shop will only be open during that time. The tours will depart at 7:10 pm with an exploration of four of the hottest paranormal spots of the facility. Pizza will be available after 9 pm and independent investigating will continue until 3 am. Participants must be 18 years or older. 

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Public Ghost Hunt

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.