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 with audio wands, or choose from three different guided tours, each one takes about 1.5 hours. 

Guided tours are currently unavailable. Due to recent developments concerning the status of COVID-19, our team has decided that Guided Tours would interfere with our mission to protect the safety and health of our guests.

Tickets & Admission

   Adult (18 & up)$25$30
   Students (ages 7-17)$23$28
   Seniors (ages 60+)$23$28
   College ID/Military$23$28
   Youth (6 and under)Free Free
   Audio Wand$5 N/A


Spring - Summer
April 1st - September 30th
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Open 7 Days a Week

Autumn - Winter
October 1st - March 31st
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday - Sunday 

Closed all major holidays. In September and October, we offer only Abbreviated Tours, due to Halloween events.

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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.

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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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. 

Tour Durations: Approx. 1.5 hours

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History Meets Hollywood Tour

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.

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Beyond the Bars Tour

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: This tour includes extensive stair climbing.

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Life of an Inmate Tour

Learn about life behind bars from tour guide Michael Humphrey, who spent 14 months here in the late 1960s. Michael leads you through a normal day for an inmate and shares stories that have stuck with him all these years.

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 unless they are accompanied by a consenting parent or guardian. 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 

Tour the Shawshank Trail in style! Visit 11 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 6 and the maximum is 12. Total tour duration is 4.5 hours. This tour is available Saturday and Sundays at 8:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

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Private Guided Tour 

Private group tours are scheduled Monday-Friday only and receive a discount with 20 or more participants. 

Contact Josh Armstrong

Dates, Discounts, and Tour Information


If you are interested in taking more than one guided tour, each tour after your first is just $8 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.



Abbreviated tours are offered in September, October, and November 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 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.


No tours will be offered on the following dates in 2020:

January 30th & 31st

February 1st

April 12th
May 25th
July 4th
September 7th
December 21st - January 1st


Due to special events at the reformatory, ticket prices and availability are subject to change on the following dates in 2020:

July 10th
July 11th
July 12th
Please check the calendar for complete tour options and closures.






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

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