Tour Season: April 1st - September 30th
Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed all major holidays. In September and October, we offer only Abbreviated Tours, due to Halloween events.
|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.
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 -- Available now (Saturdays and Sundays)
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 1960s. 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.
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.
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 Administrator, Josh Armstrong,
Abbreviated tours are offered in September and October due to our Halloween event.
FEATURING: Administrative Areas, Residential Quarters, chapel, one tier of the East cell block, and Central guard room. And for our daring guests, check out an exclusive behind the scenes sneak peek of our Halloween Event, ‘Escape from Blood Prison’! Museum and museum store/gift shop will also be available.
PLEASE NOTE: Certain areas on our normal tour route will be closed off. We offer a $6 discount on tour tickets during this time.
CLOSED FOR TOURS
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.