Heritage Tours


OPEN FOR TOURS

Walk-ins tours. No reservations for daytime tours required.
(Please call ahead if your tour group is larger than 10)
April 1st, 2017 – November 5th, 2017

Tours leave on the hour.


Tours of the first floor leave every hour and all four floors start every 2 hours. The last 1st floor tour leaves at 5:00 p.m. and the last 4 floor tour leaves at 4:00 p.m.
except on Saturdays. The last 1st floor tour leaves 7:00 pm and the last 4 floor leaves at 6:00 pm.

OFFICE HOURS
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.
$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!

(60 min)
This companion tour allows travel through the 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.
$15.00 + tax

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

Dairy Barn(approx 60 minute truck ride)
The cemetery and farm tour teaches you all about 130 years of the agricultural history of the asylum. We take you to 3 cemeteries, the original coal mines, and more on a 4.5 mile ride through the original 269 acres of the asylum. 

Saturday tour leaves at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. This weather dependant ride. The tour is approximately 60 minutes and tickets are
$15.00 per person + tax


(09/10 and 11/05)

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

Both
$150 + tax

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

(90 min)
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 a limited availability.
$35.00 + tax

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