Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Reviews: 5/5

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
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11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum offers historic and paranormal tours six days a week from April through October. Full Museum & Patient Art Gallery entry is included with your tour purchase. This Gothic National Historic Landmark holds 130 years of American history's dark side.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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darthangst
1 contribution
great historical tour
Apr 2021 • Family
I really enjoyed the visit, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the asylum. She personalized every aspect of the visit, and made it amazing.
Written May 11, 2021
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Zachary U
North Hollywood, California, United States3 contributions
4-floor tour is awesome! Tour guide Curtis is awesome!
May 2021 • Couples
We did the 4-floor tour with Curtis on Sunday, 5/9/21, while driving through the state on a long trip. It was amazing! Curtis was incredibly informed, happily answered all our questions, and usually had interesting factoids ready for seemingly any question we might ask. The grounds and their story are fascinating, and we were only sad we didn’t have time to stay and do their “criminally insane” or “paranormal” tours.
Written May 10, 2021
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Fannonbuster
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
Exceeded my expectations - will return
May 2021
Overnight - 9 pm to 5 am ghost tour. Very well-organized. Provided with a "break - room" for us to return to if we finished the 2-hour tour of a floor early. There were four groups, that Saturday, with 10 or fewer people. We toured Floors 4, 1, and 2 thoroughly. Could have stayed longer to see the final floor but we were tired and got our fill. The staff and organization does a good job being educational and fun and avoiding exploitation (IMHO). Liked seeing the mix between restored areas and those that were not. Gives you a good idea of the efforts that have gone into the restoration. Contrary to some negative comments I read, its seemed shockingly clean given the age of the building. There was no mildew smell and considering how many broken down bathroom and toilets, no smells.
Couple of points - the main building is huge! You actually walk each floor twice, once with the tour leader then on your own. If you have trouble walking, get tired easily, or have mobility issues, take a shorter tour. There were places on each floor where you can sit down but don't expect ample seating. I really wanted to be alone with flashlight turned off to feel any "presences" but my companion wasn't into that so I was never spooked out.

Next time, I'd like to see the other buildings.
Written May 10, 2021
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Renee M
8 contributions
Excellent
May 2021
My husband, daughter, and I participated in the VIP tour. Our tour guide, Greg, was exceptional. Our tour was to be 90 minutes in duration...it ended up being greater than 2 hours in length!!
Greg was extremely enthusiastic and well versed in his presentation of this grand building and its history. We were completely captivated in the history of this mental health facility and his shared stories of paranormal activity.
As an RN, I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson in mental health history and the role TALA played through the years it was active.
We will be back for other tours.
Thank you Greg for the history lesson and all the other men and women that work hard to preserve this building.
Written May 8, 2021
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Catherine S
Abingdon, VA3 contributions
Paranormal Tour
May 2021 • Family
My husband and I have taken two paranormal tours at night and took our girls on the day time paranormal tour. Our tour guide for the day tour was Halen, he was amazing and by far the best tour guide we’ve had. We plan on going back for an overnight and hope that he can be our guide for that. He was very informative and friendly and really made the whole experience outstanding. Every tour has been different and great! All the staff are always great when we go and every visit incredible.
Written May 8, 2021
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susan
4 contributions
Enlightening visit
May 2021 • Solo
Been waiting years to visit this place and the trip is worth it. Beautiful building with great history. I took the 90 minute tour with Pip who had great stories and lots of historical information . Thoughtful insights about patient treatment too.
I highly recommend visiting this place
Written May 6, 2021
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Amanda R
Pittsburgh, PA5 contributions
Historic 1st Floor Tour
May 2021
In Weston, not far off 79, is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Easy to find, lots of parking. If you visit while COVID precautions are in place, you'll drive up and get your temperature checked, park, then fill out a mobile form for each person in your party. If you don't have a mobile phone with the internet, they have tablets outside under a tent. Then go inside (mask on) to purchase your tickets for the tour. Six types of tours are offered and they start on the hour, every hour. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30am - 6pm, except Saturday open from 9: 30am.
We took the historic 1st floor tour. It showed the grounds and outside of other buildings, as well as the 1st floor of the huge main building. The tour lasted 45 minutes and was $10 a ticket. Our tour guide (John, I believe) was fantastic! It was just my boyfriend and I on the tour (only people who signed up for that particular one at noon) and John was able to answer any question I had and gave a very informative tour.
Definitely recommend this for anyone (families too) to visit. It is an important place to learn about the history of mental health treatment in the United States - and to think about mental health treatment here today. There is also a museum you can view before or after the tour. An interesting place in architectural history as well!
Written May 6, 2021
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Jillian
Clarksburg, WV2 contributions
Awesome
May 2021
My friend and I took the daytime 90min paranormal tour with Halin (Sorry if that is spelled wrong), and he was excellent! We are planning a trip back for the overnight paranormal hunt and will be requesting him to be on the hunt with us. Would recommend to any history or paranormal fan.
Written May 5, 2021
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Krm2905
Fredericktown, OH1 contribution
Excellent historical lesson
May 2021
We had an excellent tour guide for our first visit. We took the four floor 90 min tour. It showed you almost the entire building and gave an in depth look into the history of the building from when it opened and closed. Make sure you tip your guide they really work hard to make sure you have a memorable experience.
Written May 5, 2021
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Mommalew6
Frostburg, MD1 contribution
Great historic tour
May 2021 • Family
This was a stop on a whim and I am glad we took the time to do so. The tours we chose only lasted 45 minutes but it was interesting and intriguing and the time flew by. Our tour guide Miriam was a great story teller and I wanted to hear more. This asylum has been featured on many paranormal shows and our visit didn’t disappoint with paranormal activity. Reasonably priced, I recommend planning a trip or just stopping by.
Written May 5, 2021
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