Tours - Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society






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Self-Guided Tours

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.

Self-Guided Tours are currently available to be booked for September and October, but the tour route is abbreviated due to the Blood Prison Haunted House setup. Please use the "Book a Fall Self-Guided Tour" button.

Tour Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

* Audio wands are suggested one per person due to their low volume and close listening.

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Discover The Ohio State Reformatory 

There’s a tour to match your passions, no matter what brings you here. Explore the OSR’s 250,000 square feet through self-guided tours on your own or with an audio wand.

Tickets & Admission Prices


   Adult (18 & up)$25$35$40
   Students (ages 7-17)$23$33$38
   Seniors (ages 55+)$23$33$38
   College ID/Military$23$33$38
   Youth (6 and under)FreeFree N/A
   Audio Wand$5 N/AIncluded

Guided Tours 

Choose from one (or more!) of the guided tours below to learn about the rich history of the reformatory from a knowledgeable tour guide. All guided tours include a self-guided tour of the building as well!

Tour Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

Currently Booking Private Guided Tours

Thursday-Sunday 11:30AM and 2:30PM
Starting at $300 per group.   
Requires a 2 day advance notice to book. 

Call or email Ashleigh Ramey to schedule and for more information! (419) 522-2644 or

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Hollywood Meets History Tour

Unavailable September 1st-November 15th

Explore the reformatory’s historical prison timeline alongside the equally iconic, fictional story of Andy Dufresne from the 1994 film, The Shawshank Redemption. Tour also includes information on the warden’s living quarters and other films and music videos filmed onsite.

Note: This is our only guided tour that is "family friendly" with no enforced age limit. However, we do not allow strollers, carts, or wagons of any kind on our guided tours. We also strongly recommend that all children be at least 42" tall. Certain areas of the tour route could be dangerous for children smaller than 42". Children must not be unattended at any point in time.

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Beyond the Bars Tour

Unavailable September 1st-November 15th

Access the areas of the Reformatory not open to the general public. The tour includes the West Attic, stories of inmate punishment, the “yard” where Andy and Red would sit and talk, the sub-basement, and the inner workings of The Ohio State Reformatory.

Note: Ages 8+. This tour includes extensive stair climbing, heights, curved/narrow stairways, and temperature fluctuations. Due to the physical nature of this tour and the mature topics discussed all participants must be at least 8 years old.

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Inmate Confessions Tour

Now Available for Online Booking!

Learn about life behind bars from tour guide Michael Humphrey, who spent 14 months here in the late 1960s. Michael leads you through a presentation focusing on a normal day for an inmate and shares stories that have stuck with him all these years. Following the presentation and Q&A you will be able to take a self-guided tour with an included audio wand.

Note: This 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. 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.

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Shawshank Bus Tour

(Currently Unavailable) 

Tour the Shawshank Trail in style! Visit 10 filming locations in 3 hours while being led by a professional guide. Finish with a walking tour of Shawshank Prison using Andy's entrance. 

Note: Children under the age of 13 are not permitted on the Shawshank Bus Tour. Please be advised that this tour is rain or shine. The minimum number of guests is 4 and the maximum is 12. The total tour duration is 4.5 hours. This tour is available Saturdays at 10:00am.

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Dates, Discounts, and Tour Information


A $2.00 discount will be given to any sort of student, Senior Citizens 55 or older, and any person in the Military or a Military Veteran. Children 6 & under are free. **Discount is valid only on full-price tickets. Discount does not apply to seasonal (Sept-Nov) pricing.


We offer a same day discount for multiple tours.  A second tour on the same day is only $15 per 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.

*Abbreviated tours only from September through October. Due to Halloween, several areas of the building will be unavailable for viewing during this time. ($6 discount during this time) 


Spring, Summer, Fall*, Winter

April 1st - October 3rd
11AM - 4PM
Open: 7 Days a Week 

October 4th - March 31st 
11AM - 4PM
Open:  Thursday - Sunday 


No tours will be offered on the following dates in 2021: All major holidays and September 10th, 11th, and 12th.

COMING SOON // Virtual Guided Tours

Virtual Guided Tours


Virtually guided tours will be offered and available for purchase through Amazon! You'll be able to experience The Ohio State Reformatory from the comfort of your home but with a guide walking you virtually through the experience so you don't miss a thing! 

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The Ohio State Reformatory
100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905
Phone: (419) 522-2644 • Email:

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