- 822 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
- 822 Ratings
See everything at own pace. Staff is very friendly and helpful
We did the self guided tour. It was fun to go along by ourselves and other fellow self guided people. Highly recommend getting the audio wands. They give you so much information along the tour. Along with creepy stories!!
When you combine stunning architecture, history, human tragedy with some redemption stories Add in a bit of para normal, what more could you want ! My family loved our adventure. Too much to see & take in for only one visit. We will be back !
Emily was an awesome tour guide!!!
Staff was so friendly and helpful. There was plenty of information provided throughout the tour. Tour route was clearly marked and showed several areas of the Reformatory. The references to Shawshank Redemption were helpful as well.
Very nice tour, gives good insight into what prisons looked like in those days, glad we went.
I was very excited to explore the basement and a lot of the ceels, sadly both the basement and about 90% of the cells were closed. Regardless it was fun and beautiful, worth the drive.
This is an amazing place to visit and we loved it. However, we did not enjoy being forced to stand in a hot And crowded Hallway while the group tour before us finished up.
It was very interesting and great history.
there were so many people it kind of made it hard to enjoy. some people were blind to others and wouldn't let them pass. it happened quite a lot. the ladies in the gift shop were rude. maybe have face masks or warnings about the mustiness and dust. i don't know why i didn't realize it would be so dirty. other than that i enjoyed it. one thing i thought of was if you had people telling the stories about rooms. that would give it more of a realization.
We enjoyed walking around on our own time and taking everything in.
Great experience and the kids loved it
We had an absolute blast, however it would’ve been nice to have had more labeling around so we knew what we were looking at. We went as a family so we didn’t want an audio tour or a tour guide. Overall we had a fantastic time. My father, an experienced construction worker, is concerned about guest safety. He found the building fascinating but worries that parts of the ceiling and floors could collapse soon.
Had a great time and felt it was well worth the trip and very affordable!!
It was a very cool place! Have wanted to come for many years and finally decided to for Father’s Day. Our tour guide was AMAZING Emily S ( forgot her last name) she was very educational with everything!! And my youngest daughter of 7 stayed right by her side for most of the tour:) Then we came home to have the older kids watch the Shawshank Redemption. We will be coming back again to do another tour. I believe there are diff ones. We were very pleased with our visit!! And we absolutely LOVED Emily!!! She was the BEST!!
It was just amazing seeing the things.
Very informative and enlightening. Our tour guide was excellent
We had a great time at the reformatory, there is so much to see and we loved that we could take our time and really look around.
It was a wonderful experience. The true definition of awesome! My husband and I had the best time strolling through this beautiful piece of history!
This tour was so cool. We loved exploring the old building and it’s history, and can’t wait to see it when it’s done. We really liked the kiosks where you could see videos about the place. I hope that as renovations are done more signs will be put in with information to read as well. We’re just not the kind to carry around audio wands.
A great experience. History and paranormal!
This is an awesome place to visit and explore!! Staff are very friendly and helpful!!
Ohio State Reformatory was very interesting. As a photographer, there were many things to photograph as well as learning the history. Would recommend this tour to anyone!
It was so awesome. Everything looked pretty much untouched. It felt like like I stepped into a whole different world. Awesome that they kept this landmark from around and proud to say I'm from Ohio. Thank you.
I was surprised at how much we were able to see during our self guided tour. The information posted throughout was great. Using the wand to hear the information was very nice and easy to use. Staff member we came across during the tour were friendly and helpful. I hope to be able to return one day for a ghost tour.
Children and I enjoyed the experience and learned some new things about the ways of prisons back then, interesting stuff very educational.
The authenticity of the complete facility.
Couldn’t find bathrooms before the tour. Had a terrible asthma attack in the library, there was no one around to help or any way to call and notify staff. Basically no way out. A+ for terrifying. (I was fine by the time we got to the hospital). Staff or even a volunteer along the tour would be great.
It was much more interactive and educational. The history that this place provides is amazing, plus the fact that we took the self tour and was able to go at our own pace taking in everything was just one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Heard it was interesting from a Freind
Expected more of musem cleanliness. I saw no ghosts.
We had a great time on the self guided tour. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because the guided tours were in progress while we were walking through doing the self guided tour. Therefore we would run into big groups of people in one area while everyone was trying to take photos and view the area. People were paying extra for the guided tour when in reality people who are self guiding could just jump right into the back of the group and listen to the speaker guiding everyone. Also there were kids there that were less than pleasant to be around. We tried to rush through certain areas just to be away from them, as they were screaming, climbing on things, running in front of cameras. Although this is on the parents. It would be better to have no kids under a certain age, or only during certain times or days.
Very pleased with the tour and our tour guide. We will return again and do a different tour. Thanks
Very informative and interesting. Liked that we could go at our own pace and listen as we went along.
I decided to upgrade to a guided tour once we got there. Tour guide (Tom) was very nice and knowledgeable and made the experience very fun. The building itself was beautiful, impressive and scary at the same time. We will definitely be back!