Photo Tours

Prom photos in front of the building must be scheduled in advance. Rates and info below.

  • Times may be scheduled from 9am-11am
  • Rates are $150 for the photographer and $5 per person

 From 11am-4pm, prom guests may park across the street and may take photos by the pond area free of charge.  No photography is allowed in front of the building during regular tour hours.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera along when they visit the Reformatory so that they may capture the splendor and grand history of this magnificent structure. While hand cameras are permitted on the self-guided and guided tours, additional equipment such as tripods, lighting accessories, monopods, and easels, are considered part of the Photo Tour option, which can be purchased at an additional fee.


Photographers who attend during tour hours must observe the following conditions:

  • Do not block tour routes. Allow guests on the tour route to move through at their convenience.
  • Do not remove or relocate chains or other barricades. Access to limited areas may be granted for a specific time if prearranged.
  • No models or props are permitted.
  • Nudity, semi-nudity, and other explicit subject matter are not permitted at the Reformatory.

April 1- September 1 Photo Tours can be arranged as follows:

Monday- Friday   11am- 4pm

Individual Photographer  $150

Groups of 20* or less   $1200

*Each additional person beyond the first 20 is an additional $60 per person.

*Groups of 20 or less may book a weekday rental between 4pm-9pm if space is available.


Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm

Individual Photographer  $150

Group of 25 or less    $1500

* Each additional person beyond the first 25 is an additional $60 per person.

*Groups of 40 or less may book a weekend rental between 4pm-9pm for $2400 is space is available.

**Student photographers who present a valid college ID or who book with a college or university are given a discounted rate of $25 per student for 4 hours.

Please email to arrange your Photo Tour at the Ohio State Reformatory.




Click here for Photo and Film Guidelines.

Click here for Photography Waiver and Agreement.

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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.