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The Ohio State Reformatory will be CLOSED from July 15th-23rd for the Inkcarceration Festival. We will reopen for tours on Wednesday, July 24th at 11am.

The Ohio State Reformatory

Visit The Ohio State Reformatory and discover what happens when history, Hollywood, and the paranormal converge in one famous, unforgettable place. Whether you’re visiting to marvel at the Gothic architecture, to learn about what prisoners endured here, to explore the filming location of The Shawshank Redemption, or to hunt ghosts, you will walk away with a reformatory story that is uniquely yours.


In Person Tours

Enjoy a self-guided tour of our facility or book one of our guided ones, which include the “Hollywood Meets History Tour” and the “Shawshank Bus Tour,” among others.

Beyond the Haunt tour

Paranormal Programs

From the person who is just curious of the unknown to the experienced investigator, our five paranormal tours offer a unique opportunity to explore the paranormal world inside the reformatory.

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Escape Rooms

Coming Summer/Fall 2024

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Overnight Accommodations

If you live too far away to visit this historic facility in a day, you can plan an overnight stay to fully experience the atmosphere and history of The Ohio State Reformatory.

Local Food & Lodging

No trip to North Central Ohio is complete without food and lodging plans. Flesh out your itinerary with these options and then get on the road to The Ohio State Reformatory!



Looking for a “captivating” Airbnb experience? Book your reservation with us today and become our captive for a spell. Do your time, minus the crime.

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Things to Do

When planning to visit The Ohio State Reformatory, be sure to consider participating in our main hosted events (ParaPsyCon, INKcarceration, Shawshank Hustle, and Escape from Blood Prison), trying out our escape rooms, and setting aside enough time to enjoy the region’s other offerings, too. Amazing food, historic gardens, wine tastings, and nature trails all await you!


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