Guided Tour - Beyond The Bars


Open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 



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Adult (18 & up)          
Students (ages 7-17)  
Seniors (ages 60+)  
College ID/ Military  
Youth (6 and under)  
Audio Wand            
  $5  N/A



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.

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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.

If you are interested in a guided tour throughout the other tour

seasons, please call ahead to inquire about availability. 

With the purchase of guided a tour ticket,  guests will also be able to enjoy the self-

guided tour with headsets

guided route at no additional charge.




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 Confessions  -- Available now (Saturdays and Sundays) 

Real-Life behind bars may be difficult to understand unless you have lived it.

Such is the case for our tour guide, Michael Humphrey, who spent 14 months here in the late 1960s. Sit down with Michael as he explains a normal day for an inmate and hear the stories that stick with him all these years later.

This is a sit-down session with Q&A opportunities. A self-guided tour ticket is included, you will be free to take your self-guided tour to explore the prison itself after your visitation with Michael.

Available on Saturdays and Sundays

*  Disclaimer*

Inmate Confessions contains adult themes and is intended for a mature audience. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted for Inmate Confessions 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.


Shawshank Bus Tours  -- Available now (Saturdays and Sundays) 

Tour the Shawshank Trail in style! Visit 11 filming locations in 3 hours, led by a Professional Guide. Finish with a

walking tour of Shawshank Prison, using Andy's entrance. Ages 13 and up. Rain or shine, our maximum number of

guests is 12 and the minimum number of guests required is 6. Total duration for the tour is 4.5 hours. This tour is

available on Saturdays and Sundays only with a start time of 12:00 p.m. 



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 Administrator, Josh Armstrong,




No tours will be offered on the following dates in 2019:

January 1st, March 30th, April 30th, May 27th, July 4th, September 2nd, November 11th, November 28th, December 24th, December 25th.



Due to special events at the Reformatory, ticket prices and availability are subject to change on the following dates in 2019:

July 12th, July 13th, July 14th, August 16th, August 17th, August 18th.



Please check the CALENDAR for complete Tour options and closures.

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.