- 1,315 Ratings
Ohio State Reformatory Self-Guided Tour in Mansfield
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
- 1,315 Ratings
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
It is an awesome building. I do wish there had been more restoration work done than when I was there 10 years ago. But overall it's a real gem.
We ended up paying extra for the guided tour. Our tour guide was well-versed in the history of everything about the Reformatory. He was charming, fun, knowledgeable. Excellent!
We really enjoyed ourselves on the self guided tour. We were able to take our time and really look around. This building is absolutely amazing, from the living quarters and the beautiful architecture to the small, dark cells where the inmates lived. This was the perfect day trip for us and I’m sure we’ll be back again!
Very interesting and very creepy. It was very cool seeing all the places where they filmed Shawshank. We did the self guided tour with a large group, everyone liked the tour. Next time we come we will do a guided tour to give you more information and different point of view. Highly recommend the tour.
The building is amazing, but we would encourage the continuation of the preservation projects for painting walls, etc.
Enjoyed being up-close to so much.
Tour guide seemed very noligable of the history
I love history, and this is full of it.
Had an awesome time on the tour. First time there,and already want to come back again. Next time I will do the guided tour. It will be interesting to hear all the facts instead of listening to the headset.
It was nice