Guided Day Tours

Touring the West Virginia Penitentiary

Your 90-minute guided Day Tour will consist of an astonishing history, a touch of art, cold hard facts, and an insight into the justice system. You will walk through this Gothic-style structure in amazement and wonder why you did not visit sooner! This tour focuses on the main level of our facility, and is wheelchair (and stroller) accessible! You will visit the recreation yards, both visitation rooms, and the new cafeteria that resulted from the riot of 1986. You will, also, take a walk through our facilities cell-blocks; “The Alamo”, which once housed the most dangerous and violent inmates, and “New Wall”, where you just might get LOCKED UP!!!!!!! Cameras are allowed and encouraged!!

Admission

  • Adults: $14
  • Seniors 55+: $11
  • Kids 6-16: $8
  • 5 & under: FREE

Tickets

Tickets are available in the Main Lobby/Gift Shop during business hours, and are not available for purchase online. Our tours leave every hour on the hour. Please refer to the hours of operation and calendar below before your visit, as our hours may vary monthly.

Please note that our day tours focus on life behind bars. We discuss facts regarding the day to day life of inmates and correctional officers, reasons behind incarceration, and the history of the prison itself. Some information and topics of discussion may not be suitable for young children.

Hours of Operation

We are open April 1st, 2018 – December 16th, 2018

Hours vary monthly

Closed on FEDERAL HOLIDAYS

The front gate is locked, the museum and gift shop will close after the last tour begins! If there is someone in your party that chooses not to take the tour, and it is the last scheduled tour of the day, he/she must wait for you elsewhere, as the gift shop attendant will be leaving for the day.

There is no heat or air conditioning throughout our facility, please dress accordingly to the weather. Our facility will be extremely HOT in the summer and extremely COLD in the winter. Some of your tour will be outdoors. Please don’t leave your animals in your car! Ask the front desk if you can bring them along.

Month Specific Hours

  • April & May
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed for tours April 30th – May 3rd for the Mock Prison Riot
  • June, July, August
  • September 1st to September 27th 
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
    • We will close at 3pm Tuesday, September 25th for Dungeon of Horrors RIP Night
  • September 28th to October 24th
    • Open Tuesday through Thursday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Open Friday and Saturday 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Open Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
  • October 25th to October 31st
    • Open Tuesday and Wednesday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Open Thursday through Sunday 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM
  • November
    • Open Tuesday through Friday 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM (Tours go at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM)
    • Open Saturday and Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday, November 23 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
  • December
    • Open Fridays, November 30th, December 7th, &  14th 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM (Tours go at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM)
    • Open Saturdays, December 1st, 8th, & 15th 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Open Sundays, December 2nd, 9th, & 16th 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)