Are you looking for exciting activities to try while visiting Ohio? Then we have something you will love! The Ohio State Reformatory appeals to both history and movie buffs, making it the perfect day trip. Walk through one of the most impressive buildings in America, learn about its somber prison history, and even catch a glimpse of some ghosts from the past — if you’re lucky! Read on to learn more about this attraction and start planning your trip to Central Ohio today. Then, make the most out of your vacation by downloading our free Vacation Guide! It has top suggestions for local restaurants, events, museums, shops, outdoor adventures, and more.
Everything You Need to Know About the Ohio State Reformatory
Learn About the Reformatory’s History
The Ohio State Reformatory features stunning architecture and lots of history, which makes it one of the most famous locations in Central Ohio! This unique building was constructed in 1886 using a combination of Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian Romanesque styles. One hundred and fifty offenders took up residence when the Reformatory opened in 1896. Over its lifetime, more than 155,000 men spent time in this prison before it closed at the end of 1990.
Walk in Morgan Freeman’s Shoes
You may be familiar with the Reformatory if you’re a movie buff. Indeed, it was the filming location for the award-winning movie Shawshank Redemption with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. Experience the film first-hand on the Shawshank Trail and walk through the same halls as the characters. The impressive building will put you on set right away!
Join a Tour!
The Ohio State Reformatory offers a number of tours you’ll love, especially if you like spooky things! Take a guided tour through the building and hear interesting stories of the past, or learn more about Shawshank Redemption on the History Meets Hollywood Tour. You can go on the same journey as the film’s fictional characters and even visit the warden’s living quarters. The Beyond the Bars Tour takes you through guarded areas not generally open to the public. Take a peek inside the West Attic, the yard, and even the sub-basement! Note: This last tour includes a lot of stair climbing.
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