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2-Hour History Tour

Learn the fascinating history of prisons in Missouri and the United States with this tour of the MSP.

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Adult (Ages 10+)

Discover the Past of Jefferson City’s Infamous Prison

Ready to learn the fascinating story of the MSP? 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, as well as prison reform.

On this tour, you’ll be guided through the Control Center in Housing Unit 1, as well as Housing Unit 4, the oldest building still standing on the Missouri State Penitentiary site (built in 1868). You’ll also tour the dungeon cells, Housing Unit 3, and the gas chamber, where many notorious inmates were put to death after eating their last meal.

Be ready to learn the history of the Missouri State Penitentiary, including information on infamous inmates, the Riot of 1954, escape attempts, female inmates, and much more!

Book your Missouri State Penitentiary tour online today.

Please note that tour sizes are limited, if you see that a tour is sold out, you may contact our office for other Missouri State Penitentiary tours that may be available.

Visitors will be able to experience a modified 2-hour history tour, which will include access to Housing Units 1, 3, and the gas chamber, for the 2020 tour season.