Self-Guided Mansfield Ohio State Reformatory Tour
Explore the Ohio State Reformatory on your own with a self-guided adventure. Learn about the facility's past as you wander through its impressive architecture that takes you back in time.
What You Will Do
- Set off on a self-guided tour to make your way through the Ohio State Reformatory
- Gain a better understanding of the prison's history as you weave in and out of its halls and rooms
- Marvel at the unique architecture, which dates back almost two-hundred years
- Go at a pace that works best for you without having to worry about keeping up with a group
- Self-guided tour
- 1,335 Ratings
it will be better to make it connected more with films took there. thanks.
This place is awesome. First time there and I'll definitely be back for other events!
Our 4-H group had a wonderful learning experience at the Reformatory. Those of us who had been there before got to see parts we had not seen before. The audio gave use interesting information about various parts of the area. My only complaint is I was unaware the self guided tour did not include the audio and we had to pay extra for it. It was worth it but an expense our 4-H club was not anticipating. The gentleman in the gift shop afterwards was very insightful and the members were asking him questions which he was more than happy to answer. Our group enjoyed our tour and learned a lot about this historical gem!
The place is a real value for money spent vs time of activity if you find this sort of thing interesting. My family and I spent nearly 4 hours wondering the halls of this massive building. We all had a great time.
It was beautifully decorated for the holidays. It was interesting learning about the prison's past. And saw a few orbs along the way.
- ali Mahdi
thank you so much, it was really geared trip. i learn a lot.
Absolutely fascinating tour!
It was an awesome experience... we love being able to walk through history and see what it was like for the prisoners.
Very impressed that staff allows visitors to roam the prison halls with a self-guided tour. Loved the history of the place and also believe I captured some paranormal activity via audio!
Tom was our tour guide. He was the best guide I’ve had for any tour I’ve taken anywhere. I had taken his tour once before, and was happy to see he was going to be our guide this time. There were only three of us on the tour. He answered all of our questions and you could tell he was very passionate about the place. I definitely plan on bringing more people through
The information on the audio guide was very interesting and I loved being able to walk around the site at my own pace and take as much time as needed. I think there was a good balance of audio “stops” and placards with information but not too many so it didn’t look cluttered. The museum part was great and had a lot of good information. The unfinished and abandoned look of the reformatory is amazing and beautiful. Loved every bit of it!
My brother was incarcerated at Mansfield back in the late 80’s. I had a natural curiosity as to where he was housed. I did not expect to find such a beautiful structure. It was awe inspiring. The craftsmanship and detail are not found today. I also enjoyed learning some of its history as well as seeing the sets from The Shawshank Redemption. We were on a time limit so we didn’t really get to spend as much time reading the plaques and watching the videos along the tour. We’ll be back.
Had a great time learning about the history behind the osr. Your staff was full of knowledge and passionate about their jobs.
I took my son for his 24th birthday present. We had a good time learning about the history, exploring the grounds and the exhibits. He took a lot of pictures. We will be returning.
Great service and tour guide.
Very satisfied with the tour although we wish we could have seen more of the outside!
We loved how raw the place was and how we were able to wander at our leisure in so many different areas of the reformatory. We also thought the information posted around was informative and interesting about the history, hollywood connections, and ghosties! We had a great time exploring.
It was a pleasure to be able to tour the prison at my pace and not have a group of people in the way while I tried getting pictures. This was a very interesting place and I will be back for a paranormal tour next year.
Cool place but the audio wand was a rip off
Definitely a must see.
Love coming here. Very beautiful place with so much history.
Friendly staff,and great place to visit
the place in amazing!
The self guided tour was very informative
Tour was exciting and interesting
This was my 3rd time and my husband's 2nd time coming. We really love this place. So much history.
Exceeded my expectations!!
Our tour guide was wonderful! Sorry, I do not remember her name. Our check in staff was also very good. We wanted to upgrade to guided tour that was not offered when we reserved the tickets and he handled it efficiently. We really appreciate that you offer a military discount as well. Our tour guide was able to provide a lot of information about the old prison as well as the new ones built next to it. She had a great sense of humor too. Would recommend a guided tour to everyone!
We liked being able to go at our own pace. Staff was helpful and nice if we had questions.
Very cool to experience the history of the reformatory in person!
A very good experience and I will be highly recommending it to everyone I talk to?
Such a blast for the whole family, including a hard to please 12 year old girl!!
The self tour is amazing, you get too see alot & explore, there are staff all over to answer any questions