This was a day trip from Pittsburgh PA--a long day, but definitely doable. We left Pittsburgh early in the morning; it takes about 3 hours or so to get there, leisurely driving. We wanted to have the first tour; it's unusual they only opened at 12 noon, instead of the morning--glad we called ahead of time. We didn't have to reserve a space; I don't know if they do that. There are various tours you can take (stop in a WVA welcome center and pick up a coupon for reduced fees on a multi tour); however, we only took one tour, the 4 floor one. That was enough. Our tour guide, Diane, was excellent and the tour went about 1/2 hour more than planned--a little more than 2 hours. We lost power, so that held us up somewhat, but using flashlights enhanced the experience. Diane was there as a visitor when the asylum was up/running and her insights were invaluable. You'll learn how the insane and those who were only conveniently labeled as such lived/were treated, and how this place tried to give them some dignity. It's also fascinating how the townfolk routinely interacted with the residents. Unfortunately because of the lost power we only saw a small piece of the movie, but do see that beforehand. Also very touching was the artwork and other museum pieces that you do on your own after the tour. Although pricey, this attraction is well worth it. Note that there's a lot of walking, and in places you will encounter mold in areas not restored; you need to sign a release before you buy your tickets. If you take a double tour plan on staying there for most of the day. Also, they say the place is haunted and they do ghost tours. Near the end of the tour (there was about 20 of us) I was standing closest to a wheelchair . . . and it moved on its own. Perhaps it was just all the weight on the old wooden floor . . . or maybe not!!
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September 27, 2013
Thank you so much for your visit! Come back soon.
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