Brushy Tour

Tour Brushy

The stories that live on at Brushy. The voices that echo down “3 Walk.” They will all be yours to witness. It will surprise you, terrify you, and make you wonder what it would’ve been like to be locked up in here for the rest of your God-given life. This will be an experience like no other. 


Tours are self-guided and former prison guards and former inmates guards will be nearby to answer any questions or share a brief story. There are more than 30 stations, each containing the story of what happened in that particular spot. Some will talk of violent acts, killings. Others about the moments family members came to visit. And still others will give you a glimpse inside the troubled minds of the hardened criminals that served time at Brushy. 

As you move from one station to another, you'll be able to imagine what life would have been like behind these walls. These men had committed unforgivable crimes, but they still had souls. But somewhere, somehow, their lives took a wrong turn.

We look forward to seeing you when you come to visit us at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. It will be an experience you carry with you for the rest of your life.

Tours and Museum
10:30a - 6:30p
(Last tickets sold at 5:00p)

Warden's Table Restaurant
11:00a - 8:00p 

Gift Shop
10:30a - 8:00p 

Tour Pricing and Information

General Admission: $12/person

This tour is self-guided, and there will be former prison guards and former inmates around to answer questions. Following the tour arrows (on the floor) you will be able to see all significant components of the prison from the cell block to the cafeteria and other buildings like the laundry room, gymnasium, museum, movie theatre (18 min. documentary plays every half hour), exercise yard, and the all-important "HOLE." You're welcome to take your time and walk as much or as little of the prison grounds as you want. Just remember if you linger too long you might be locked in for the night.

Child Tour Ticket: $7/child

(Must be 10 years of age or younger.)

Guided Group Tours: $20/person

Private guide-led group tours are available April 1st - October 31st, seven days a week at 9:30 a.m. prior to opening of the prison for groups of a minimum of 15 people. Guided tours will be led by either a former prison guard or former inmate. One week's notice is required to book a private guide-led tour; however, capacity is limited and tours are subject to availability. Guided tours last roughly 60 minutes, but you are welcome to spend as much time behind the wall as you like once your guided tour is complete.

Due to the size of the hallways and rooms at Brushy, it would be disruptive to the groups to have to pass through narrow corridors and stairwells during regular visiting hours with other guests. The private 9:30 tours offers your group a unique opportunity to visit and experience Brushy without any distractions.

Military Discount: 10% off cost of admission

Senior Discount: 10% off cost of admission

Please Note: Pets are not permitted on tours at this time. Service animals will be permitted with appropriate documentation present.