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Film At The Missouri State Penitentiary 

Jefferson City is home to one of the most legendary decommissioned prisons in the country: the Missouri State Penitentiary, built circa 1836. The penitentiary was considered the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River at the time of its 2004 decommission. It now serves as a significant historic landmark offering history and ghost tours, and as a location for film productions.

The Missouri State Penitentiary is still owned by the State of Missouri; therefore, the following must be provided and approved prior to filming:

There are no exceptions to these filming policies. If you can fulfill the requirements, please submit an RFP first to be reviewed. Upon receival of the RFP, the Film Manager and Prison Tour Coordinator will contact you to discuss your project further.


NOTICE: As of 2023, paranormal-related YouTube channels will no longer be offered film rates and benefits. Instead, channels will be required to reserve a private 5- or 8-hour overnight investigation for their filming purposes.  


Alexandra Bobbitt Film Manager


Sheila Sanford Prison Tour Coordinator