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Missouri State Penitentiary

115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
+1 866-998-6998
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Really interesting part of Missouri history

My wife and I took the 3 hour history tour on Saturday 4/14/18. It was cold and dreary, perfect... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clewis479
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There's a tour for every style

You might think this sounds weird, creepy and haunted. Two out of three of those are wrong. We did... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shayna A
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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 Mississippi until it was decommissioned in 2004. The prison was already 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates.The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau now offers a wide variety of tours at the site, once named the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine. Visitors can choose to take a History or Ghost Tour, among others, and will walk through several incredibly historic housing units, the vast upper yard of the property and the gas chamber, where 40 men and women were executed. The tour also showcases cells of infamous inmates such as Sonny Liston, who learned to box during his time in the big house and James Earl Ray, who escaped from MSP before assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.
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“ghost tour” (94 reviews)
“gas chamber” (109 reviews)
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115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
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+1 866-998-6998
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I took the 3 hour history tour on Saturday 4/14/18. It was cold and dreary, perfect conditions for a tour of an old prison. Our tour guides were Dale, a current employee of the state prison system and 2 veterans of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You might think this sounds weird, creepy and haunted. Two out of three of those are wrong. We did the day tour, because I'm not about visiting haunted things and provoking the dead. Aside from that, I was amazed at what a great tour this...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read a review very similar to the one Im going to write. There were way too many people allowed inside. You offer unlimited snacks throughout the night, but with all of the people, and the long lines for the bathrooms, there was hardly any...More

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Sheila S, Manager at Missouri State Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry you weren't happy with your experience while at Missouri State Penitentiary, but this was an outside sponsored event with a Private Company, not one of our Overnight Investigations. When Missouri State Penitentiary have a Public Overnight - we limit it to 30...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was great the tour guide was very knowledgeable. We got alot of information and saw alot of information.

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Sheila S, Manager at Missouri State Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the One Hour Tour. These tours are designed for the younger kids and private groups only.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A couple of friends of mine and I went on the 2 hour ghost tour. It was really good and very interesting. I enjoyed out guides a lot as they were very informative. There are a few tips that i would like to pass on...More

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Sheila S, Manager at Missouri State Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the Tips. We do have a minimum age for the Ghost Tours - it is 14 years of age (8 years old is never fine). We want everyone to enjoy their tour each and every time they come.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Since I can’t find anywhere else to review this company I’ll do it here... but I’m pretty sure that “Ghost Hunt USA” is the one that rented out the facility. Checking in was a breeze and doing the intro where they introduced everyone was cool....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mom and I have been wanting to do the Ghost hunt for a long time. I bought us tickets for her birthday. We had a great time. It was pretty cold out and it rained a little but it was so interesting. I will...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I took the 2 hr history tour. Our guides Michael and Gretchen did a great job covering as much history as possible. Looking forward to doing s ghost tour soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a tour through ghost hunt USA and wasn’t impressed. To many people on our tour, that it was hard to enjoy it. So many you couldn’t even get close to the snack table. Ended up leaving early because, we were under the...More

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Sheila S, Manager at Missouri State Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. We would be more than happy to have you participate in one of our regular Ghost Hunts or Overnights, we have much smaller groups. Our Tour Staff are still on-site, but for the most part you are allowed to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up in Jeff City and drove by the prison many times while it was still open but never knew all the history of the place or how big it was. Very interesting tour and well worth the time. We went on a cooler...More

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ekroner613
9 August 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
23 July 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
23 July 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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