JEFFERSON CITY, MO. January 29, 2016 - The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announces tickets for the 2016 Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) tour season are now available online at www.MissouriPenTours.com.
Tours of the decommissioned prison began in 2009 with 3,000 participants. The 2015 season ended with over 25,000 participants, a new record the Bureau hopes to surpass this year. Additionally, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) Museum met its goal of 2,000 visitors last year.
Since announcing plans to move the museum and its offices this year to the Marmaduke House, the Bureau has been busy preparing for the new location including figuring out ways to enhance the tours.
"We are constantly thinking of ways to improve the visitor experience. We have an updated reservation system on the tour website this year, a new location for the museum full of historical ties to the prison, and continuing improvements to the facility itself," said Diane Gillespie, Executive Director.
According to Gillespie, the tours generated a net profit of $183,000 in 2015. Around 40 percent of that will go toward funding repairs to the prison including masonry work on Housing Unit 3 to fix a pilaster. The rest will be reserved for marketing and future repair work. This is in accordance to the 15-year Use Agreement between the State of Missouri and City of Jefferson that states any net income from the tours should be used for repairs and improvements on the MSP property.
Tours at the Missouri State Penitentiary will resume March 1 (weather permitting). You can purchase tickets at www.MissouriPenTours.com or by calling (866) 998-6998. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to book a private tour.
The Missouri State Penitentiary opened its doors in 1836 and at its peak was the largest operating prison in the United States. MSP is notably famous for housing inmates such as professional boxer Sonny Liston and notorious outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd. The prison was decommissioned in 2004.
About the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (JCCVB) was founded in 1989 to maximize the positive economic impact of visitor dollars to the community by effectively marketing the Jefferson City area as a desirable convention and tourism destination.