OSR has a long, documented history of paranormal activity and is a premiere location for authentic paranormal enthusiasts. The Ohio State Reformatory provides several ways to interact with the macabre history of the stunning limestone architecture of the former prison.
Most of our paranormal programs are conducted in the evening with the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Ghost hunting equipment, books, and merchandise are available through our museum store.
If you are a first-time investigator, we offer personal guidance to help you get started!
OSR offers a unique collaboration of ghost hunting skill levels through public hunts. Based on your personal skill level with investigating the paranormal, our guides will split participants into three groups. (Equipment rentals suspended temporarily.)
Our ghostly guides will show you how to test the limits of paranormal investigating, including interaction with entities or spirits, documenting encounters, and basic use of ghost hunting equipment as we take you on a tour of the decommissioned prison.
Interested investigators are welcome to join a knowledgeable tour guide on a 1-hour tour of the facility to better understand the footprint of the building and to hear the stories of the most documented hot-spots.
Begin your investigation in areas that are known for their paranormal activity.
Ghost Hunts are offered on select Fridays and Saturdays during the year. Participants must be 18 years or older.
*Guests attending a Ghost Hunt MUST be 18 years old. Guests 18 and older MUST bring a valid photo ID. Guests who fail to provide photo ID or proof of age may be denied entry.
Groups and professional ghost hunters will enjoy the exclusivity of a private event.
Rules and regulations for public hunts apply to private hunts. Participants must be 18 years or older. No private paranormal investigations will be scheduled September - Mid-November. Further questions and inquiries can be addressed to Hallie Statham-Kitzler via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Let our guides fill you with stories of hauntings and horror as they lead you through the prison in the dark.
*Guests attending a Ghost Walk MUST be at least 13 years old. Guests 18 and older MUST bring a valid photo ID. Guests 13-17 years old MUST provide a photo ID or proof of age, like a birth certificate (this can be scanned or photographed) or a grade card. Guests who fail to provide photo ID or proof of age may be denied entry.
Interested in understanding the field of paranormal investigating better? Try various forms of ghost hunting equipment while professional investigators instruct you on the world and culture of ghost hunting.
Sherri Brake is a researcher and investigator of the paranormal garnering over 25 years of documented experience. She is the owner/operator of Haunted Heartland Tours and has led thousands of souls on overnight excursions in prisons, asylums, and haunted locations for the last 15 years. Her classes on Ghost Hunting blend science with history and the paranormal and are very popular. When not leading haunted history tours in seven states, she travels with her special event tours to Ireland & Scotland. She has authored seven books including The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory and composes monthly columns on haunted history which are featured in various magazines. Along with writing about the paranormal, Sherri is also a public speaker and has appeared in newspaper, television and on hundreds of radios shows on the subject. Her unique events have given her the USA Today ranking of #5 Best Ghost Tour in America.
The Ohio State Reformatory is open 7 days a week* from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm!
(*Closed on some holidays, including Easter, Memorial Day, and Labor Day- please see calendar for details!)