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History Tours

**RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED**
**RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED**

Space is limited. Tours subject to selling out.

History Tour
History Tour

2 hours, $12 per person
Minimum age: 10 years old


This "original" Missouri State Penitentiary tour discusses the 168-year history of the Missouri State Penitentiary and covers both the prison's history itself and the history of penal eras in the United States. During this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center) and A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), dungeon cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber. Guests hear the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary including information on infamous inmates, the Riot of 1954, escape attempts and much more.


All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.

In-Depth History Tour
In-Depth History Tour

3 hours, $25 per person
Minimum age: 10 years old


This three hour in-depth history tour explores, in detail, the 168-year history of the Missouri State Penitentiary and the history of penal eras in the United States. The tour covers everything that is in the 2 hour tour in more detail and points out additional areas such as the Women's Unit, Deathrow Cells, information about the Industry area, and Housing Units 2 & 5.

All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.

Ghost/Paranormal Tours

Ghost Tours
Ghost Tours

2 hours, $25 per person
Minimum age: 14 years old


This Missouri State Penitentiary tour discusses the history of the site and talks about strange and unusual occurrences behind the walls. In this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center), A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), Dungeon Cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlight for low visibility areas.

All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.

Ghost Hunts
Ghost Hunts

3 hours, $35 per person
Minimum age: 14 years old


Guides will provide participants with the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary as well as basic insight into researching strange and unusual occurrences. Guests will then be given ample time to use their own "activity finding" devices. Missouri State Penitentiary does not supply equipment for ghost hunts. In this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center), A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), Dungeon Cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own ghost hunting equipment and a flashlight for low visibility areas.

All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.

Ghost Hunt Class
Ghost Hunt Class

3 hours, $35 per person
Minimum age: 14 years old


Learn from paranormal experts how to use equipment, take great photographs and recognize paranormal activity. This will be followed by a two hour ghost hunt. Guides will provide participants with the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary as well as basic insight into researching strange and unusual occurrences. Guests will then be given ample time to use their own "activity finding" devices. Missouri State Penitentiary does not supply equipment for ghost hunt classes. In this tour, guests are guided through Housing Unit 1 (Control Center), A-Hall - the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868), Dungeon Cells, The Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3, Death Row, and the Gas Chamber. 

Guests are encouraged to bring their own ghost hunting equipment and a flashlight for low visibility areas.

All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.

Public Overnight Investigations
Public Overnight Investigations

(8 hour $95, 5 hour $65) – Minimum age: 18 years old – Tours begin with a history tour then morph into a paranormal investigation. Times are 10pm – 6am for the 8 hour tour and 10pm – 3am for the 5 hour.

Private Tours

Photography Sessions
Photography Sessions

Length of session and price varies


After a brief guided history tour of Missouri State Penitentiary, photographers will be allowed to set up camera and light equipment to take professional photos.
All attendees must sign a waiver and release of liability.


Click here to see the Photography/Videography Session Guidelines and Agreement

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Private Tours
Private Tours

A private 2-Hour History Tour is available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are $12 per person and advance reservations are required.

A private 2-Hour Ghost Tour is available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are $25 per person and advance reservations are required. Must bring your own flashlight or souvenir flashlights available for purchase.  

Please call 866-998-6998 to schedule your tour.

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Student Tours
Student Tours

(History $5 - Minimum age: 5 years old, Photography $5 - Minimum age: 12 years old, Ghost $10 - Minimum age: 12 years old) – Tours are available for younger student groups and include abbreviated versions of the traditional tours. Groups must include a minimum of 20 people and reservations must be made in advance. Content is age appropriate.

All persons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian signature on the liability waiver in order to be admitted to the tour. Students without a signed waiver will not be allowed on the tour. This is a rule of the State of Missouri. 

Please call (866) 998-6998 to schedule your tour. 

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Private Overnight Investigations
Private Overnight Investigations

(8 hour $100, 5 hour $75) – Minimum age: 18 years old – Price is per person (minimum of 10 people, maximum 25). Tours begin with a history tour then morph into a paranormal investigation. This tour is for organized paranormal investigation groups. Times are 10pm – 6am for the 8 hour tour and 10pm – 3am for the 5 hour. Reservations must be made in advance. 

Please call (866) 998-6998 to schedule your tour.

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Important Tour information

  • No wheelchairs, walkers, or crutches. Many people have gone on the tour using a cane without problem. Since the property was built in 1836, it is not ADA accessible.
  • Cameras are welcome.
  • We have reasonably priced souvenirs. Most have been made by the inmates.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Sandals are not recommended.
  • If raining, bring umbrellas. We keep you in the buildings longer and the prison takes on a whole different look when weather is gloomy and dark rather than bright and sunny.
  • Dress for the weather. There is no heat or air conditioning in the prison.
  • Everyone must stay with the group at all times. The exception is if some do not want to tour the gas chamber or the underground dungeon cells. No one is ever forced to go somewhere they choose not to go.
  • Waiver and Release Liability form will be sent with your confirmation e-mail. We ask that you sign before the tour and hand it to the tour assistant before the tour starts.
  • For those under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the Waiver and Release Liability form for the child. Without this signed release, the child will not be allowed on the tour. See descriptions for age requirements.
  • * No one will be allowed entry without a paid ticket and a signed Waiver and Release Liability form.
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