Tag Archives: Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary Posts Record-Breaking Season

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In 2009, when the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began hosting tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, the vision was to cultivate the incredibly historic site into an attraction that could hold its own alongside the longtime favorite spots. Today that vision has become a reality. Read More »

Lock-ups You’ll Love … To Visit

The Missouri State Penitentiary, Nevada’s historic Vernon County Jail, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum (or State Lunatic Asylum No. 2) once confined people deemed a danger to themselves or others. It is slightly ironic that the same facilities residents wanted to escape from are drawing crowds today. Yet these historic sites and museums have fascinating stories, interesting architecture, and contain ... Read More »

Interest in Missouri State Penitentiary Tours Heating Up

In 2011, visitors came in droves to get locked up inside the Missouri State Penitentiary. The 2011 season saw a 47 percent increase in tour attendance – more than 17,000 people stepped through the Missouri State Penitentiary gateway and heard the cool clang of the metal bars slam shut behind them. What happens once inside the walls of the Missouri ... Read More »

History Nerd?

Go ahead, call me a history nerd. It’s okay, I often refer to myself that way. You see, I have a real love for history.  Yes, I do possess an ability to recall names and dates, but mostly I think about history in terms of stories; stories of love, passion, murder, intrigue, war and sabotage.  History is every movie you’ve ... Read More »

Inside the Walls at MSP

Visitors tour the Missouri State Penitentiary

The first weekend of March, 22 men and women walked through buildings filled with nearly two centuries of history. These individuals took part in this year’s first public tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Since then, more than 3,650 visitors have toured the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City; slightly more than 3,000 toured the prison in 2009. Interested individuals ... Read More »

Behind The Walls

Thankfully, I never had to serve time in the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Perhaps that’s why I was glad to return Wednesday for my third tour of the historic property, located in the heart of Jefferson City. First, a little history: The prison was decommissioned in 2004. It has been open for public tours and, this year, the Jefferson City ... Read More »