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Missouri State Penitentiary

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Missouri State Penitentiary

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.

Visitors can choose to take a history, ghost or photography tour, 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.

Also available are paranormal investigations where you will hear about the first-hand ghostly sightings at MSP and hunt for paranormal activity. Have a group of students looking for an unforgettable learning experience? All tour types can be adapted for student groups.

Due to the age of the facility, tours are not wheelchair accessible. Visitors may also experience low visibility, damp or wet conditions, uneven ground and stairs. No children younger than 5 permitted.

Visit for a list and description of available tours. Advanced reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 866.998.6998. Tour season runs March – November, weather permitting.

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Open Seasonally. Check website for details.
115 Lafayette St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities Within 10 Miles
Biking / Walking Trails
Historic District
Cost Of Admission
Charges Admission
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Seasonally Only
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Required
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Types Of Payment Accepted
Personal Check