Q: What are your hours?
A: We are open 7 days a week, April-September, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. We are open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., October-March. We do offer extended hours on the weekend during the summer. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend we are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We are closed on all major holidays.
Q: Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
A: You don’t need to, but you can. You can also purchase tickets at our ticket desk when you arrive. Our self-guided tours are available all day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and never sell out. During peak season, our guided tours do sell out, so we recommend purchasing in advance if you want a guided tour. Tickets are available on our website. Click on the red button in the upper right-hand corner that says, “Buy Tickets”.
Q: How much do tickets cost?
A: Our self-guided tour is $25 per person and our guided tours are $35-$40, depending on which tour you choose. Students, seniors, military, and first responders receive a $2 discount. Ghost Walks are $35 and Ghost Hunts are $99.
Q: Is 11:00 a.m. the only time available for the self-guided tour? Do we have to book a specific time for the self-guided tour?
A: No. You can come anytime between 11 a.m.-4 p.m., any day that we are open.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We do not offer refunds on tickets, but we are happy to move your booking to a new date. If you are unable to attend your originally scheduled date for any reason, please call us at 419-522-2644 to reschedule or email Ashleigh Ramey at email@example.com. Rescheduled guided tours are subject to availability.
Q: Do you have gift cards?
A: Yes! Gift cards are available online and on-site! We offer e-gift cards in addition to plastic cards. Plastic cards are available at our ticket desk and in the museum store. We are also happy to mail gift cards with an extra charge for postage. The link to the eGift cards is here: https://squareup.com/
Q: Do you have audio available?
A: Yes, we have audio wands available for rent at the front desk. They are $5 per person and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also have a digital audio guide that you can purchase with a QR code that you scan to your phone. The digital audio guide also includes photos and videos.
Q: I don’t see the tour or paranormal event that I want listed on your website, or I can’t select it on the calendar, is it sold out/are you offering it on the day I want to come?
A: Our tour and program schedules are based upon guide availability and tour capacities. We make as many tours available as possible, but there is always a chance that they’re sold out. If it’s not listed on our bookable calendar or you are unable to select that date, then it’s either sold out or unavailable on that date.
Q: Can I book a private guided tour or private ghost hunt?
A: Yes. Private guided tours start at $500 for up to 10 guests and can be booked by contacting Ashleigh Ramey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Private ghost hunts start at $1,500 and can be booked by contacting Kathy Feketik at email@example.com.
Q: Do you give school tours?
A: Yes. School tours start at $150 for a group of up to 20 students. Guided school tours are offered in the morning before we open to the public. Self-guided school tours can take place anytime during our standard business hours. Reservations do need to be made in advance. Please contact Ashleigh Ramey at firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and book a school tour.
Q: What is your bag policy?
A: Backpacks, tote bags, and large purses are not allowed. These items should be left in your vehicle. If your bag is large enough to sneak any of our property into, it is too large to come into the building. If you attempt to enter with a large bag, we will ask you to take them back to your car before you can start your tour. The only exception to this is diaper bags and you should expect diaper bags to be searched by our security officers.
Q: Am I allowed to take photos?
A: Yes, we welcome small-scale photography. You may take photos with your phone or a personal camera. Tripods, monopods, external flash or extra lighting, or any other photography equipment or props are not allowed on our standard tour. We do not allow portraiture or models (senior photos, engagement photos, etc.) of any kind during our normal daily operating hours. We offer special photography tour options for professionals and hobbyists who want to bring models or additional external equipment and those can be arranged by contacting Ashleigh Ramey at email@example.com. Photography tours start at $150 per photographer and $25 for every model, guest, or assistant, and will be scheduled before our building opens to the public on weekdays only. Availability for photography tours is very limited. Video recording of our guided tours and other guests is strictly prohibited.
Q: Can I ghost hunt during the day?
A: No, we do not allow ghost hunting, in any capacity, to occur on the grounds or inside the building during the day. If we see you ghost hunting during the daytime, you may be asked to leave the premises. If you are interested in ghost hunting, check out our Paranormal tab for programming information or contact Kathy Feketik at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a paranormal tour.
Q: Is your building handicapped accessible?
A: Yes and no. We do have a chair lift into the building and two elevators that can take guests to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Guests who require elevators can now see approximately 95% of the standard tour route. The chapel is the only space that cannot currently be accessed. We are working on installing an elevator in this space and expect completion to be sometime in 2024.
Q: Are there a lot of stairs? Is there a lot of walking?
A: Yes and yes. Depending on which tour you choose, you could be up and down 20+ flights of stairs on your tour. Our building is approximately 250,000 square feet and the standard tour route spans most of the building.
Q: Do you allow dogs in the building?
A: Service Animals are welcome, companion animals are not. Please be aware for service animals that our building does contain lead paint and lead paint dust often ends up on the floor. You will need to wash your dog’s paws immediately after leaving so that they do not ingest the lead paint flakes if they lick their paws.
Q: Is your building heated/air-conditioned?
A: Partially. The museums and administrative areas of the building are temperature controlled. The cell blocks and other sections of the prison are not. Please dress accordingly. In the winter, the cell blocks will be freezing cold.
Q: Is the tour indoors? Do you have a roof?
A: Yes. The only time you will be outside is walking from your car into the building. We have a full roof and our entire tour route is indoors.
Q: Can I take something home from the prison?
A: No. Taking anything from the building or grounds is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. This includes dirt, stones, bricks, tiles, and rubble. If you are looking to take a souvenir home, we have a Museum Store that offers many items to commemorate your visit.
Q: Do you rent space for events?
A: Yes. We do not host weddings or wedding receptions but can book meetings, dinners, and trainings in one of several spaces. To inquire about booking space at the Reformatory, please contact Rita Miller-Bunker at email@example.com.
Q: How many people are on a public ghost hunt?
A: We take approximately 100 people per public ghost hunt. On a private hunt, you can have anywhere from 1 to 50+ people!
Q: What time does it start and end?
A: Check-in starts at 6 p.m. Access to the building begins at 7 p.m. Everyone must be exiting the building by 3 a.m.
Q: Are we locked in the building or on grounds during the hunt?
A: No. You are free to exit the building and smoke, get fresh air, go to your car, etc. However, once you drive out of the gate, your hunt is over for the night. The gate will be closed and locked to other people coming in.
Q: If the website states that a ghost hunt is sold out, is it really sold out?
A: YES. Ghost hunts sell out quickly so if you have a date in mind, we recommend not waiting to buy tickets.
Q: I know the website says that the Ghost Hunts/Walks are sold out, but is there any way you can fit 2 more people in?
A: Perhaps. It never hurts to ask!
Q: Do you keep a cancellation list for sold-out ghost hunts?
A: We typically do not know of cancellations until the hunt is underway but please email us if you wish. If you would like to join a waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: Can I just show up on the night of a Ghost Hunt, just in case there are any cancellations, and be able to get in on the hunt?
A: No. We do not accept walk-ins for ghost events. Please do not come to OSR in hopes there will be no-shows to a ghost walk or ghost hunt.
Q: Are the ghost hunts guided or can I wander around on my own?
A: At 7 p.m., you will be given a rules and regulations speech followed by a guided tour. After that, the lights are turned off and you are on your own. There will be staff available to answer questions and show you around.
Q: Does everyone in my group have to fill out a license agreement?
A: Yes, and all Ghost Hunt attendees must bring a valid photo ID.
Q: The website states that no one under age 18 is allowed on public ghost hunts, is this true? What if I bring a parent?
A: Yes this is true. There are NO exceptions to this rule.
Q: Can we bring in a backpack to the ghost hunt? What equipment is allowed? Snacks? Water? Alcohol?
A: You can bring a small backpack. You can bring your own equipment but we ask that you not bring anything that will interfere with other guests’ experiences or block any rooms off (like motion sensors) and Ouija/Spirit boards are prohibited. You can bring in water; food and other drinks are to stay out in your vehicle. We do not allow or serve alcohol and anyone who arrives at a ghost walk or hunt intoxicated will not be allowed to participate.
Q: How can I set up a private ghost hunt?
A: Check out our paranormal page for more information- there’s a private investigation request you can fill out too! You can also email email@example.com
Q: If I book a private investigation, do I get the building all to myself?
A: You will get the building to yourself but there will be at least one staff member on-site with you.
Q: I have a Youtube/Twitch/etc channel. Can I film during a public ghost walk/ghost hunt?
A: No, we do not allow filming or live streaming during public events. If you’d like to film, you will need to book a private hunt.
Q: The website states that no one under age 13 is allowed on ghost walks, is this true?
A: Yes. All guests must be 13 or older.
Q: I heard you win money/a prize if you spend the night. Is this true?
A: No, it is not true.
Q: Are there any Ghost Walks or Ghost Hunts in October?
A: No, we will not have any paranormal (public or private) events from Labor Day until mid-November due to our annual haunted house!
Q: Is it really haunted?
A: You’ll have to visit and check it out for yourself!
The Ohio State Reformatory is open 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday,
We will be closed on May 29th for Memorial Day.
$25 per person for self-guided tours, $35 per person for guided tours.
$2 discount available for students, seniors, military, and first responders.
*Except major holidays, like Memorial Day, and some blackout dates. Please see calendar.