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Heritage & History Tours

March 30th, 2019 – November 17th, 2019
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Historic Tours leave every hour on the hour. The last 1st
floor tour(45 min) leaves at 5:00 p.m. and the last 4 floor
tour (90 min) leaves at 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Historic Tours

1st Floor (45 min)
Learn about the pioneers of humane treatment for the mentally ill while visiting the first two wards for the patients and see the Civil War Section of the hospital. Hear about the gold robbery that helped West Virginia become a state and how being a border state affected the area.Wheelchair accessible $10.00 + tax

All 4 Floors plus the first floor of the Medical Center
(90 min)
All of the first floor tour experience plus, step back in time to the 1935 fire that destroyed 4 wards of the Asylum. Visit the doctors' apartments, nurses’ quarters, Ward F where the most deviant of patients were kept, and explore the first floor of the Medical Center. Learn the history of medical treatments performed in asylums as well as how this facility helped the local community through two wars and the depression. $30.00 + tax

Historic Tours Include
  • The history of the treatment of the insane prior to state run facilities as well as the people instrumental in improving that treatment.
  • The nationwide influence of the Kirkbride Theory.
  • The effects the Civil War had on the construction of the oldest parts of the hospital, "The Civil War section."
  • The architectural history of the facility.
  • The socioeconomic influence of the facility throughout history, including both World Wars and the Depression Era.
  • Facts and features unique to the hospital.
  • Medical procedures used throughout the years and much more! Lobotomies, Insulin shock therapy, Hydrotherapy

Criminally Insane tour
(60 min)
This companion tour allows travel through the Forensics Building areas designed to hold the criminally insane for over a century. Learn about the admissions process and the riot that stopped it all. Tours leave on the hour.
Wheelchair accessible $15.00 + tax

Photo Tours
07/07, 09/15 & 11/10
Reservations required.

The photography tours allow you entry to the interiors of the Kirkbride, the Medical Center, Geriatric building, exteriors of all buildings, and the grounds. This is a semi guided tour without historic information. Check in for the photography tour is ½ hour before the start time.

Due to insurance reasons, drones are not allowed on the property.

Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Morning Photo Tour (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
$100 + tax

Afternoon Photo Tour (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
$100 + tax

$150 + tax

Need more information? Please call 304-269-5070.

Custom Tours (90 min custom tour)
The VIP Tour is an exclusive tour which includes a combination of daytime tours. On this tour, you will walk through the Kirkbride building with an experienced, knowledgeable guide. This tour does not have a standardized script or tour route. It combines history, paranormal, Civil War, architecture, and treatments. The guide will follow the interests of the group in an interactive way allowing for conversation, questions and a customized tour experience. It is 90 minutes long and offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
$35.00 + tax

Note: Please dress appropriately for the current weather conditions. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter inside the building.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070 • info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
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