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Tour Season
Open DatesFebruary 2 to March 31
April 1 to September 2
Nov 23- Dec 23
Open Times11 am to 4 pm
11 am to 4 pm
11 am to 4 pm
Open DaysFriday, Saturday, and Sunday Only
Sunday thru Saturday-7 days a week
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Only



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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 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 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 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.  

*  Disclaimer*

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.



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,




No tours will be offered on the following dates:

January 1 to February 2,  March 18,  April 1, March 22nd, May 28,  July 4

July 12th to July 14th 

July 19th to July 21st. 

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.