- 590 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
- 590 Ratings
Nice place to visit, Media and signage was good. Interesting content and reasonably priced.
My boyfriend and I had a great time on this tour. The thing we would change is the audio stick was really quiet so it was hard to hear, especially sharing one. I’m 5’3” and he is 6,3” so it wasn’t very user friendly. We also thought there should be more plaques but other than that we did learn a lot! It is an amazing place to visit!
I was hoping to get to see a little more of the prison. Other than that, it was wonderful!
Was handed an audio device that we purchased for $5 with no explanation or directions and therefore never even used it. Was a very interesting, informative and historic place to tour despite the audio snafu.
Amazing facility and so much history
the place was fantastic. true and original is how it should stay!
The staff was wonderful. We needed to avoid stairs and the staff was very accommodating.
Great experience. The bathrooms reminded me of the Silent Hill game. You guys should make more marketing about it in Hollywood because horror movies would look great down there.
Courteous staff at ticket desk, liked self-guided audio tour, signage and directions very adequate, interesting tour.
We had a great time and will be back.
We enjoyed the self guided tour because there was no rush and we could tour at our own pace!
- Edward Patrick
Great building and really fun time. Thanks!
Great visit. Reasonable prices and very interesting. Very much worth the trip if you are a big film enthusiast.
very interesting place, I loved the info phones! we will be back
Had a blast doing the self guided tour. It was really interesting to see that part of Ohio’s history. Love the movie Shawshank Redemption, but I was more interested in the actual building and it’s past. Can’t wait to take part in all the other tours they offer!
Guided tour was awesome and there's a lot of information/history that we learned that we wouldn't have if we just did the self tour. I would definitely do it again!
It was all really neat to see.....my biggest complaint was how cold it was (due to the weather outside)....it would have been nice for someone at the ticket booth to let us know that so we could have gotten our winter coats from the car. All I had on was a t-shirt and sweatshirt and we had to go so fast through the cells on the east and west wings b/c we were freezing. there was also one part of the tour (I think by the east wing) where the signs were very confusing. We thought maybe someone turned them around backwards. One sign was pointing one way to go and then we got all the way down the corridor and the sign at the end said to go the opposite way.
I came away a little sad more has not been done to clean up the tour area aesthetically. I see a lot of potential for OSR renovation.
This place is amazing ! Getting to see the jail was the best part ! So exciting to see everything ! Eerie and exciting all at the sametime !
Amazing experience. Thank you for preserving this place. It’s frozen in time, which makes it extra special.
The tour was very interesting. So much history.
Informative audio. Well marked your route.
We took a self guided tour, and it was amazing just to be able to walk around and see everything. The place is beautiful (as beautiful as a prison can be).
I loved learning about the history of the prison and getting the opportunity to explore it, I will definitely be coming back!
The self-guided tour was excellent. It was a fascinating look at part of Ohio history.
Very interesting. The audio was very informative. Definitely worth the extra money.
You could go at your own pace and the audio wands helped provide info, although it wasn’t necessarily needed due to ththe info cards and plaques around the building. Overall a cool experience!
Great tour. What an amazing, sad place to house human beings. The only thing I would suggest is giving visitors a paper map to help with navigation throughout the building. The "tour continues" signage was helpful, but we did get turned around at a few points and we were not sure that we saw everything there was to see. Also, $5 is a little steep for those handheld microphones. Why not just include that in the price of the tour?
I had the best time yesterday. Being a fan of the Shawshank movie and also a enjoying a chance to explore old buildings, I couldn't of asked for much more. I was in awe of the beauty and history of the prison and starstruck from being in a place I've seen so many times in the movie. It was truly a dream come true. I am trying to talk my wife in coming back next year for the Shawshank 25th anniversary celebration. Thank you for the wonderful time.
Very informative and interesting place! Well worth the drive!
Was interesting... was hoping there would have been someone standing around I could have ask a question
The audio handheld was great for the self-guided tour. Guided tours were not available for winter tours, which gives us a reason to go back!