- 1,157 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
- 1,157 Ratings
Just a great place. Everyone was nice and friendly.
It was nice, but definitely hated the handheld speaker guide. Not worth paying for and very inconvienant to use.
Our tour guide was great - we did the BTB tour -- but there were too many people in the tour. - made is hard to hear everything the guide was saying.
OSR is an amazing place. So glad our family got to enjoy it!
I enjoyed the self guided tour. Being able to go at my own pace and explore the building was an amazing experience.
It was pretty awesome to bounce around the place and stick my head in places and explore.
Tour quide was excellent, price was reasonable, like the fact that areas were not restored.
I had a cool experience while visiting. When stepping into a small dark opening in one of the bedrooms for a picture the moment I stepped in and turned around I felt a strong "push" on the right side of my upper back/shoulder area. I instantly was frightened and stepped right out. I thought maybe I ran into something that startled me. After reviewing the picture my right foot appears to not be mine and my shoe is missing. From my knee down it looks like a mans leg/large foot. I would love to know if anyone else has experienced anything in this area. I can't wait to come back and do one of the haunted tours. Please let me know if there is a way for me to submit the photo and maybe have someone investigate it.
Very satisfied with the whole experience. Would definitely recommend.
Definitely was an interesting place.
There was a ton more to look at than I had realized. A great tribute to history and an unique way to learn about it!
My daughter and I visited The Ohio State Reformatory. She was interested in the ghost part of the prison, and I was interested in the movie parts of the prison. The whole experience was very educational. It is worth the trip to see.
Not enough headsets. Make it a little cleaner.
We had a day tour prior to our investigation that’s night. Tour was fantastic , but was not very happy with one female employee in the store. We are experienced ghost hunters .. I offered to show them a price of evidence I received by taking a photo during day tour of a very clear shadow figure of a man... she was very rude and condescending stating it was a cardboard cutout of an officer down at that end of the cell block .... well she was wrong ..very wrong we went back found zero cardboard cut out ... I am aware we have skeptics but the fact that she was just plain rude and saying it was not a real piece of evidence without looking herself at the exact area was just down right rude...SHE was very rude with her tone of voice and choice of wording ... other then this part we loved the whole thing .
Awesome place to visit. The architecture was really neat to see. Will tell others about the tour.
The staff was very friendly and the history posted was very educational. The audio wands were also very helpful as you walked through. The audio wands gave you freedom to listen to only what you wanted and since we wnjoy taking photos, that was very convenient for us. Amazing that so much of the building is open to the public! It is an important part of Ohio history and it's encouraging to see it preserved.
What a great place to go and see some history!! Yes, there are some paranormal happenings in there but honestly not as heavy as I expected. Overall though, VERY worth the trip! I'll be going back again at night.
My boyfriend and I were very impressed with the entire experience. We didn’t really know what to expect but we’re very fascinated with the information available and learning about the inmates and also getting to be in rooms where the Shawshank redemption was shot was incredibly cool. It’s one of my favorite movies. We will definitely becoming back with more people
The reformatory is an amazing building, with so much history and beautiful architecture. I am so glad that it is being preserved. I will definitely come back for the guided tour. Even though I felt like I learned so much, I definitely want to learn more about the building and it’s history. Thank you.
The Reformatory is absolutely amazing, and taking a self-guided tour without audio worked out nicely. I really want to take a guided tour, but couldn't find out how to buy tickets online (my only complaint). However, I would absolutely be willing to take the self-guided tour again. The signs throughout the property explain what I am seeing, and there is just so much history. It was absolutely amazing!
Tom the tour guide is wonderful. HE IS INTERSTING WELL INFORMED .HIS DRAMATIC FLAIR REALLY ADDED TO THE EXPERIENCE
It was on our bucket list. We have watched the movie over 150 times. It exceeded our expectations and then some.
I like the way the stories were weaved in between the history, paranormal and Hollywood. It made the tour very interesting and informative at the same time. The tour path was well marked and kept people spread out. Plenty to see and do.
It was a awesome tour and lots of history to go with it....we had a good time
My daughter and I took a self-guided tour on a Sunday afternoon. There were a lot of people, but once we all took off at our own pace, it wasn’t crowded at all. I was surprised at how much there was available to see.
Our family had a great time here! We spent several hours taking the self tour and looking over everything. Appreciated the information given in the wands. We enjoyed seeing areas where filming occurred, especially for "Shawshank Redemption".
We really enjoyed learning about so many aspects of the reformatory, from how the wardens and other officials had their quarters there, to the education of the inmates, to the hospital and of course, just seeing the chilling reality of all those cells. The wands provided a lot of information. I think it would be great to have more pictures of the "before" condition of the reformatory if the resources exist.
Fantastic experience all around. Definitely coming back, hopefully to do one of the ghost hunting tours.
I visited Ohio State Reformatory the first weekend of August 2018 with my lady, and we both loved it! Right from the start we felt welcomed and appreciated by the staff. There was a man outside of the ticket sales office who was explaining things about the tours and talking with us while we waited in line. The woman who helped us with our ticket purchase was really nice and helpful. We upgraded from a self-guided tour to a guided tour and used a Groupon to help with the difference. We joined tour guide Mike for the Hollywood tour and his tour was full of laughs, interesting stories, and good information. We toured the administrative area of the prison first, where there were many scenes shot in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. My favorite part was touring the East and West wings of the prison, Solitary, and the Chapel. After seeing so many images of these areas in my lifetime it was an experience I will never forget walking through the cells. The self-guided tour was great too. Any of the areas we walked through can be toured on a self-guided tour. The electric chair from the Ohio Penitentiary, “Ol’ Sparky”, is on exhibit, for instance. There is an entire museum of corrections in the administrative building. There is a great gift shop and a little cafe also, and outside there was a food truck. Right next to the Reformatory are two or three prisons that are currently in use: Richland, Mansfield, and possibly another I didn’t catch the name of. Mansfield and nearby Ontario have great places to eat and places to stay. There are family places as well as a bit of night life. There are also other Shawshank sites to see in Mansfield. We visited there as well. I highly recommend visiting Ohio State Reformatory and taking one of tger Guided Tours. The Self-Guided tours are included in the cost. And buy something from the gift shop. The proceeds are exactly what helps in the restoration of this magnificent historical place and what keeps these tours going.
Our tour guide was the best!
We bought tickets ahead of time. One we arrived we had no idea where to go. Wish there was a line for those who already had tickets. Otherwise, we had a great time. We will be back. So much more to see.
We had an excellent time! I had been wanting to make the trip over for years and finally did with my brother and sister in law and you did not disappoint! Everything was amazing from the artifacts, to the prison itself, and the staff were very helpful and friendly! Definitely want to visit again next year for the 25th Anniversary!