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, 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!!

Admission

  • Adults:             $14.00
  • Seniors 55+:   $11.00
  • Kids 6-16:       $8.00
  • 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 March 29th, 2019 – December 1st, 2019

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

Month Specific Hours

  • April & May
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed for tours Sunday, April 21st (Easter)
    • Closed for tours May 4th – May 8th for the Mock Prison Riot
  • June, July, August
    • Open 7 Days a Week 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Monday Tours are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. See History Mystery Mondays
    • Closed for tours Thursday, July 4th (Independence Day)
  • September 1st to September 26th 
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Closed Mondays
    • We will close at 3pm Tuesday, September 24th for Dungeon of Horrors RIP Night
  • September 27th to November 2nd
    • Open Tuesday through Thursday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Open Friday and Saturday 10:45 AM to 3:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Open Sunday 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Closed Mondays
  • 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)