Public History Tours


2-Hour History Tour

2-Hour History Tour

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.

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3-Hour In-Depth History Tour

3-Hour In-Depth History Tour

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.

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