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.
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.
|Adult (18 & up)||$25||$35|
|Students (ages 7-17)||$23||$33|
|Seniors (ages 55+)||$23||$33|
|Youth (6 and under)||Free||N/A|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Ohio State Reformatory is currently open Thursday-Sunday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm*
*Except major holidays, like Thanksgiving, and some blackout dates. Please see calendar.