NEW FOR 2018!
THE OHIO STATE REFORMATORY WILL BE OPEN FOR ABBREVIATED TOURS
SEPTEMBER 4TH-NOVEMBER 4TH.
(THURSDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS ONLY STARTING IN OCTOBER.)
Please click here for more information on this special tour!
|SPRING/ SUMMER TOURS|
|Open Dates||February 2 to March 31|
April 1 to September 2
Nov 24- Dec 17
|Open Times||11 am to 4 pm|
11 am to 4 pm
11 am to 4 pm
|Open Days||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Only|
Sunday thru Saturday-7 days a week
|Friday thru Thursday-7 days a week|
|TICKETS & ADMISSION||SELF-GUIDED||GUIDED|
|Adult (18 & up)|
|Students (ages 7-17)|
|Seniors (ages 60+)|
|College ID/ Military|
|Youth (6 and under)|
Explore the prison independently and at your own pace. Learn about the history
of the facility and the many unique Hollywood and paranormal connections
through our *Audio Wand, which works in conjunction with your self-guided tour.
Plan for 1.5 hours on the self-guided route to fully immerse yourself in the
experience. *Audio Wands are suggested one per person due to their low volume and close
Learn about the rich history of the Reformatory from a knowledgeable tour guide.
Each guided tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. In many instances, multiple
guided tours may be accomplished during your visit.
Guided Tours are offered regularly between June and August on Saturdays and
Sundays. If you are interested in a guided tour throughout the other tour
seasons, please call ahead to inquire about availability. Guided Tour tickets are not sold in advance.
With the purchase of guided a tour ticket, guests will also be able to enjoy the self-
guided route at no additional charge.
GUIDED TOUR OPTIONS
History Meets Hollywood Tour
Explore the past through this unique tour, which takes guests on a journey
through both the historical timeline of the prison and the equally iconic, fictional
story of inmate Andy Dufresne from the 1994 film, Shawshank Redemption. The tour also includes information on the warden’s living quarters and several other
films and music videos filmed onsite.
Beyond The Bars Tour
Venture beyond the bars of the prison 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. This
tour contains extensive stair climbing.
Inmate Tour -- Currently Unavailable
Real-Life behind bars may be difficult to understand unless you have lived it.
Such is the case for the tour guide, Michael Humphrey, who spent 14 months here in
the late 1960’s. Walk through the prison as Michael leads you through a normal
day for an inmate and hear stories that stick with Michael all these years later.
The Life of an Inmate Tour contains adult themes and is intended for a mature audience. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted on The Life of an Inmate Tour unless they are accompanied by a consenting parent or guardian.
The intent of this tour is to accurately portray the experience of a prior inmate at The Ohio State Reformatory. Please be advised that this tour contains: strong language, graphic descriptions of violence and abuse, themes of injustice, cruelty, and inhumane treatment of prisoners. If you become uncomfortable with the content of this tour, please inform a staff member and they will escort you to your preferred location of The Ohio State Reformatory.
SAME DAY DISCOUNT
If you are interested in taking more than one Guided Tour, each tour after your first is just $8.00 a person. Admission to our Guided Tour also includes access to the Self-Guided tour route.
Members of the Preservation Society receive a discount on Admission.
Private Group Tours are scheduled Monday-Friday only and receive a discount
with 20 or more participants. Please contact Guest Services Coordinator, Josh Armstrong,
CLOSED FOR TOURS
No tours will be offered on the following dates:
January 1 to February 2, March 18, April 1, May 28, July 4
September 28 to November 23
Please check the CALENDAR for complete Tour options and closures.