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 or digital audio guide, which work in conjunction with your self-guided tour. Audio can be added to any self-guided tour for $5 per person. Reservations are not required for the self-guided tour. Tickets are always available at our front desk and they never sell out!

Tour Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours

* All online ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to do a date change, based upon tour availability. The tour route is abbreviated September 6th-November 15th due to the Blood Prison Haunted House setup. A $6 discount will be offered on tickets during this time. There is no access to solitary confinement, the ground floor of the cell blocks, the showers, or the bullpen. If you want full access to the tour route, please plan to attend outside of this window.

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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

TICKETSSELF-GUIDEDGUIDED
   Adult (18 & up)$25$35
   Students (ages 7-17)$23$33
   Seniors (ages 55+)$23$33
   College ID/Military$23$33
   Youth (6 and under)FreeN/A
   Audio$5 N/A

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

Private Guided Tours

11:30AM and 2:30PM, Thursday-Sunday.
Starting at $300 per group of up to 10 guests.   
Requires a 2-week advance notice to book.  

Call or email Ashleigh Ramey to schedule and for more information! (419) 522-2644 or ashleigh@mrps.org


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Hollywood Meets History 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 architecture, 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. You must purchase a student ticket for any child taking a guided tour. We do not offer free guided tours to children 6 and under. 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. All online ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to do a date change, based upon tour availability.

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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 sub-basement, the "Jesus Room", the guard tower if weather permits, 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. This tour route is not accessible for those with wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Due to the physical nature of this tour and the mature topics discussed all participants must be at least 8 years old. All online ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to do a date change, based upon tour availability.

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Old Sparky: Electric Chair History and Ohio Executions

Available on Select Dates

Learn more about the electric chair's development, history, and use, along with personal stories of some of the folks sentenced to death. This is not a political discussion focused on capital punishment's morality, but simply an educational, fact-based presentation. The tour is approximately 1.5 hours long, beginning with a sit-down PowerPoint presentation and Q&A session, followed by a brief, guided, walking tour. Guests will get to visit the actual Ohio electric chair.

Note: Ages 13+ due to sensitive subject matter. All online ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to do a date change, based upon tour availability.

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Shawshank Bus Tour

The Shawshank Bus Tour is taking a break for the winter. We'll see you in Spring 2023!

Tour the Shawshank Trail in style! Visit 10 filming locations in 3 hours while being led by a professional guide. Finish with a full, 90 minute guided walking tour of the Ohio State Reformatory. Total tour time - approximately 4.5 hours. The Shawshank Bus Tour will be available to the public on select weekend days spring-fall and is also available for private group bookings during the week. If you are interested in booking the bus for a private group, please reach out to Ashleigh Ramey at ashleigh@mrps.org

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. All online ticket purchases are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to do a date change, based upon tour availability.

Dates, Discounts, and Tour Information


STUDENT, SENIOR, AND MILITARY DISCOUNTS

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 receive free self-guided tours. **Discount is valid only on full-price tickets. Discount does not apply to seasonal (Sept-Nov) pricing.

SAME DAY DISCOUNT

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) 




TOUR SEASON:

Spring, Summer, Fall*, Winter

April 1st - September 30th
11AM - 4PM
Open: 7 Days a Week 

October 1st - March 31st 
11AM - 4PM
Open:  Thursday - Sunday 

CLOSED FOR TOURS

No tours will be offered on the following dates in 2022: All major holidays.

COMING SOON // Virtual Guided Tours


Virtual Guided Tours

COMING SOON

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: info@mrps.org

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The Ohio State Reformatory is currently open Thursday-Sunday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm*

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 *Except major holidays, like Thanksgiving, and some blackout dates.  Please see calendar. 

 

 

 

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