Guided Day Tours

In accordance with our Governor’s guidelines, face masks are now mandatory as per an executive order beginning at midnight on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020. Masks are required for anyone 9 years of age and older. These guidelines could change at any time.


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, except for one area in North Hall.  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!!

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. Non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on the tour, especially in the heat of summer for hydration!

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.


Admission (Sales tax will apply)

  • Adults:             $14.00 
  • Seniors 55+:   $11.00
  • Kids 6-16:       $8.00
  • 5 & under:      FREE


Hours of Operation

We are open June 1st, 2020 – November 29th, 2020

Hours vary monthly


The front gate opens at 9:45am. The first tour will begin at 10:00am.

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.


Month Specific Hours 

  • June, July, August
    • Open 7 Days a Week 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM (Tours begin on the hour every hour)
    • Monday Tours are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. See History Mystery Mondays
    • Closed for tours Saturday, July 4th (Independence Day)
    • A maximum capacity of 40 persons per tour time
    • Purchase your tickets online!
  • September 1st to September 26th 
    • will be updated soon
    • Closed Mondays
    • We will close at 3pm Tuesday, September 22nd for Dungeon of Horrors RIP Night
  • September 25th to October 31st
    • will be updated soon
    • Closed Mondays
  • November 1st to November 29th
    • will be updated soon
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed Thanksgiving Day



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