Historic Tours


March 30th, 2019 – November 17th, 2019

No reservations for daytime tours required.
(Please call ahead if your tour group is larger than 10)

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

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

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

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!

Crim insane tour
(45 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

Dairy Barn(approx 60 minute van 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. 

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

Photography Tour

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The photography tours allow you entry to the interiors of the Kirkbride, the Medical Center, Geriatric building, exteriors of all buildings, and the grounds. These will be a semi guided tours without historic information. Check in for the photography tour is ½ hour before the start time. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Reservations required

Morning Photo Tour - $100.00 + tax(8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Evening Photo Tour - $100.00 + tax(1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Both - $150.00 + tax

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

VIP tours with Greg Hill
The VIP Tour is a special tour which includes a mixture of all the other daytime tours we offer. The tour is a walk through the building with a guide who has 9 years of touring experience. The tour has no standardized script or tour route and includes history, paranormal, local civil war, architecture and treatments. The tour is 90 minutes and offered on a limited availability.
$35.00 + tax