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A Good Historical Context of Prisons

Touring the MSP was an excellent insight into the history of prisons. Being one of the oldest... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Ron-Gene N
Fascinating and historic place

We really enjoyed the tour we took, very informative and we were very impressed. Great history and... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
esd3104
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) opened in 1836 along the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital. The prison housed inmates for 168 years and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No where...and I repeat no where, is it posted that they close the tours for the season. Please be advised the museum is open but the tours of the prison are closed from sometime in November until March. Disappointed we called their answering machine, looked...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Sheila S, Manager at Missouri State Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We just recently removed the message from our website that we were closed when the 2019 Tour Season tickets became available. As I apologized prolifically to you when you were in the Museum, we have always closed for winter (December-February) as our property doesn't have...More

Reviewed December 13, 2018

Touring the MSP was an excellent insight into the history of prisons. Being one of the oldest prisons in the country, this was an excellent tour of what it used to be like being sent to prison for crime. The cells and buildings were plain...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ron-Gene N
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour we took, very informative and we were very impressed. Great history and highly recommend. Dress warm if you go in the winter as tour runs a few hours.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank esd3104
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

My family took the day tour last week. It was cold and rainy but the tour was worth it. A lot of history here. Guide was very knowledgeable. Gas chamber was a little eeree to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Went on the 3 hour ghost hunt. Had a great time. Planning on returning for a regular tour. This place is awesome

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, & funny. I forgot her name (diane?debbie?) Sorry!!! My friend and I did the 2 hour tour but kind of wish we had done the 3 hr now! It was interesting but not spooky until the end when we heard...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Wonderful, informative tour. Our guides were Bill (a former warden) and Aloha (a former prison nurse). Both were very knowledgeable, insightful and fun! I would recommend this tour to ages 12-adults.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SALLY K
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time and a wonderful tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and took the tour seriously. Word of advice, if you are just going to giggle and shriek, don’t go!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sara d
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

i don’t believe in ghosts but this is the closest jv ever came to it. And amazing and fun experience that anyone would enjoy.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

This was my fourth or fifth tour of the MO State Penitentiary. I have a different experience every time. Diane and Kaley were great tour guides for the ghost tour! I also highly recommend Mike as a tour guide as he was a warden at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ekroner613
August 9, 2017|
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Response from Sheila S | Property representative |
No, the minimum age is 10 years old, these are rules put in place by the State of Missouri (who owns the property) and our insurance company. You are more than welcome to come next door to the Missouri State Penitentiary... More
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cryan72
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Sheila S | Property representative |
There is seating available in the first two housing units you visit as well as outside between the two housing units. There is no seating in the third housing unit or the gas chamber.
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cryan72
July 23, 2017|
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Response from cruiser1020 | Reviewed this property |
Seated at first. Seats in the old prison, your choice to look around, or remain seated after the guide's talk. Also noticed some outside benches, that could be used to for a rest stop.
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