Shawshank Prison

The Ohio State Reformatory

Your Shawshank Trail begins at the famous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. This building is one of the top five castle resembling structures in the country! The Reformatory is home to the world’s tallest freestanding steel cell block, consisting of six tiers, 12 ranges, and 600 cells. Major motion pictures have been filmed here including Tango and Cash, Harry and Walter Go To New York, Air Force One, Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station and The Shawshank Redemption.  Notable YouTube videos filmed at the Reformatory include TrunkFest and Mr. Beast. (over 22 million views), as well as Buzzfeed and the Science Channel.

The building lives as a grand architectural achievement with large granite pillars and elegant construction within over 250,000 square feet. With its variety of architectural styles like Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne, The Ohio State Reformatory is something you have to see to believe!

The Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905
(419) 522-2644


April 1-September 30: Daily, 11AM-4PM
October 1-March 31: Thursday-Sunday, 11AM-4PM
September-October: Abbreviated tours
Closed major holidays

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

General Admission: $15.00
Students (Ages 7-17), Seniors (Ages 60+), College ID, and Military: $10.00
Guided Tours

Guided Tours

(Offered only on Saturday & Sunday, June-August)

General Admission Guided: $17.00
Students (Ages 7-17), Seniors (Ages 60+), College ID, and Military: $15.00

Shawshank Trail Fun Fact

In the movie, The Ohio State Reformatory was used as a fictional penitentiary set in New England as the Shawshank State Prison. On this first stop of The Shawshank Trail, take the Hollywood Tour! See Warden Norton’s office, Andy’s office and the Parole Board room. Walk through Brooks’ hotel room to see a special surprise from the movie on display. You can even see Andy Dufresne’s escape tunnel!