Stalk the Ghosts of a Prison's Past 

in Historic Jefferson City 

MSP Front Entrance - Michael Schlueter

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -  Want a dose of a creepy ghost? Delve into stories of paranormal activity within the walls of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) with one of MSP's "ghost hunts" or "ghost tours." The penitentiary, built in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004, is world famous among paranormal investigators and enthusiasts for being a hot spot of ghostly goings-on. The infamous penitentiary - which was named by Time magazine in 1967 as "the bloodiest 47 acres in America" - has been featured on the Syfy TV network's hit show Ghost Hunters and many visitors have experienced some real-life ghost stories first-hand while exploring the facility.

Missouri State Penitentiary - Ghost Tours
Missouri State Penitentiary - Ghost Tours Video

Ghost Tours cost $25 per person for a two-hour tour and feature exploration of Housing Unit 1, Housing Unit 3 (the former home to those on death row), Housing Unit 4 (aka A-Hall), Dungeon Cells and the Gas Chamber where 40 inmates were put to death. Small flashlights are provided to each guest to light the way for those who are brave enough to slink the hallways and explore the cells after dark. Ghost Hunts are $35 per person for three hours and provide both history and interactive exploration of the prison. Remaining tours for the 2012 season are only available through Saturday, Nov. 24 before closing for the winter. Tours will begin again for the 2013 season on March 1. To get a small, spooky taste of what you can expect on these MSP Ghost Tours, click the image above or visit for a video walk-through of the prison grounds after dark. For a full schedule of tours, visit or call 866-998-6998 for more information.


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For more information about these and other attractions in and around Jefferson City, please contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-769-4183, at or at the city's Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest pages.   


Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ryan Winkler, Communications Manager 

(573) 632-2820  



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