Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
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Walk in Historic tour season resumes

April 8th, 2023 – November 14th, 2023

Historic Tours leave every hour on the hour. Paranormal Tours leave every 2 hours. The last 1st floor tour leaves at 5:00 p.m. and the last 4 floor/paranormal tour leaves at 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (AKA the Weston State Hospital) located in Historic Weston, West Virginia. This National Historic Landmark served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill beginning in the mid-1800's. This 160 year old asylum holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the "curative" effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized historic landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history.

We offer a variety of historic and paranormal tours during our season.

We are open Tuesday through Sunday. Our tour season will end mid November for historic restoration and general repairs. Ghost hunts of this massive building run year round.


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

Flashlight Tours/Haunted House Hours (October)
Tickets go on sale at 6:00 pm. Thursday and Sundays the last tickets are sold at 9:30 pm.
Friday and Saturday the last tickets are sold at 11:30 pm.


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Photography Tour dates:

02/12, 04/23, 07/16, 09/03

Discounted rooms at Holiday Inn Express Weston

LINKS LOCATION CONTACT FULL SITE
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070
info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
© Copyright 2009-2023. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. All Rights Reserved
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Historic Tours
Closed for Walk-in Tours

Historic Tours leave every hour on the hour. Paranormal Tours leave every 2 hours. The last 1st floor tour leaves at 5:00 p.m. and the last 4 floor/paranormal tour leaves at 4:00 p.m.

April 8th, 2023 – November 14th, 2023 (open for tours)

Historic tours do not include any paranormal information
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.

OFFICE HOURS
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!

Criminally Insane tour
(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


Photography Tour Dates

02/12, 04/23, 07/16, 09/03

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.)
Afternoon 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


Discover the Asylum Tour

(5 hour - Reservations required) This is a guided tour, you must stay with your group.

Have you ever wanted to explore ALL of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum?

Here is your opportunity. A new, exclusive tour will be available on Monday
06/12, 07/17, 08/21, 09/18

The Asylum will be closed to the general public on these dates to allow unrestricted access for this tour. Explore with the Asylum’s most seasoned and experienced tour guides. This tour includes all four floors of the main building plus a subsection, which was used for lobotomy and recovery, and the oldest section of the hospital built during the Civil War.

You will learn the history of the Asylum, paranormal experiences, and the methods of medical treatment utilized by the hospital throughout the years. This tour includes an exploration of the Main Building, the Medical Center, the Criminally Insane Unit and the Women’s Auxiliary building. This in-depth tour does require a fair amount of physical exertion. Participants must be able to walk long distances and climb several flights of stairs. Guests are urged to wear comfortable shoes, seasonable attire, and bring a water bottle. $125.00 + tax

LINKS LOCATION CONTACT FULL SITE
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070
info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
© Copyright 2009-2023. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. All Rights Reserved
Ghost Tours
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The Asylum has had apparition sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity reported in the past by guests, staff, SyFy's Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Challenge. Step back in time and see how the mentally insane lived, and died, within these walls.

Thousands have been committed to the asylum over the years, and hundreds unfortunately died here. Decide for yourself if they’re still occupying the historic wards and treatment rooms.

Ghost hunts and Paranormal tours run year round.


Ghost Hunts: Main building

(8 hour public - reservations required)

Ever thought about spending the night in a haunted Lunatic Asylum? Our Ghost Hunts last from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (excludes October hunts). After everyone is registered and divided into groups, guides will assist you in your exploration of this massive gothic asylum. Ages 12 and over accompanied by an adult.

After a brief paranormal tour you may either hunt alone or with our experienced ghost hunting guides. Our guides are here to ensure that you have a positive and safe evening.

Make sure to bring your camera, digital recorder, EMF meter, etc...

Cost is $100.00 + tax per person.

Dates currently available are : CLICK HERE

*Please call if you are interested in future dates or visit our Schedule Page.


Ghost Hunt: Medical, Forensics and Geriatrics buildings

(6 hour public - reservations required)

Have you been curious about the possible paranormal activity in the other buildings at the facility? Due to popular demand, we are having an investigation of the Medical Center, the Forensics and the Geriatrics buildings. The investigation time will be divided to ensure each group has time in each of the 3 buildings. This hunt will last from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Please arrive no later than 8:30 p.m.for registration.

Make sure to bring your camera, digital recorder, EMF meter, etc...

Cost is $100.00 + tax per person.

Dates currently available are: CLICK HERE

*Please call if you are interested in future dates or visit our Schedule Page.


Private Ghost Hunts

(Private 8 hour - reservations required)

Belong to an experienced ghost-hunting group or just want the building for yourselves? Spend the night roaming the building undisturbed by other investigators. Bring all the equipment that you have and investigate your favorite hot spots. Your Asylum check in time is 9:00 p.m. and you will be released at 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Are you brave enough?

Cost is $150.00 + tax per person, minimum 10 people.

Experienced ghost hunters can either provide their own insurance which must state: Additional Insured - Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and Joe Jordan or we can provide insurance for just $250.00

Tickets to ghost hunts do not include tickets to any other activities at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.


Paranormal Tours

(2 hours - reservations required)

These tours last approximately two hours (10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). This is a guided tour of the 4 hottest spots in this 242,000 sq. foot Asylum. Once everyone is registered, we'll break the groups up and assign guides. Make sure you stay with your guide. You never know what could happen if you break from the group.

Cost is $40.00 + tax per person.

Dates currently available HERE


Daytime Paranormal Tours

(90 minutes 6 days a week during normal season)

These tours last approximately 90 minutes. This is a GUIDED TOUR of the 4 hottest spots in this 242,000 sq. foot Asylum. You must stay with your guide. Still photography is allowed but must not interfere with any tour.

Tickets are first come first serve and are available on-site only.

Cost is $35.00 + tax per person. Call for details or to book your group.

Paranormal tours cover very little to no information on the history of the building.

Tickets are first come first serve and are available on site only.


Flashlight Tours

(30 minutes - Only sold on-site and only during special events & October)

During the special events & October at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum we also offer Flashlight tours of the historic Kirkbride building and the Medical Center! Flashlight tours are 30 minute half historic and half paranormal tours.

Tickets are first come first serve and are available on site only.

Cost is $11.00 per person.



 

LINKS LOCATION CONTACT FULL SITE
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070
info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
© Copyright 2009-2023. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. All Rights Reserved
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2023 Schedule

Open 04/08 through 11/12th

Click here for a full schedule.

Open for Tours 04/08

Reopening April 8th 2023

Join us April 8th for the start of the 2023 Tour Season and the unveiling of the preservation work accomplished over the winter months.  Each year, as we continue our research, we enhance our tours to include more insight and information. We also are always working to expand our museum exhibits.  The first 100 tickets sold will receive a commemorative wine glass


Easter Egg Hunt

10,000 egg easter egg hunt

Join us for our Childrens Easter Egg Hunt. Over 10,000 eggs will be hidden on the 20 acre front lawn. Admission for the East Egg hunt is FREE!

Registration starts at 10:00 am
Egg hunt starts at 1:00 pm

Easter Sunday


Mother's Day

Mother's Day Special

Take Mom out for a unique day at the Asylum for Mother's day. She will receive a beautiful rose and $10.00 discount off of her Four Floor Historic tour. Stroll around on our picturesque lawn and even picnic. Give Mom the interesting and relaxing day she deserves.


Father's Day

Father's Day Car show

We are excited to welcome back the Summer Knights Cruzin Car Show for Father’s Day. Bring Dad out to appreciate classic cars from across the decades. Annually over 200 cars display an impressive span automotive history throughout the last century. Dads will also get a $10.00 discount on admission for a four floor historic tour.


Flea Market (08/04 - 08/06)

Flea Market

TALA will be holding a Flea Market on the Asylum lawn in conjunction with WV’s LARGEST YARD SALE. Come out to the Asylum because you will never know what you'll find! Vendor pay only $10 per 10 x 10 spot. We will need your name, number of spaces needed and a general description of what you will be selling!

Space is first come first serve on Friday morning. Register @ 304-269-5070 and a discounted space.

$15 for vendors not registered in advance. Tables and tents are NOT included. Your fee includes three full days from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Asylum after Dark

Asylum After Dark October Events

Join us for Asylum After Dark. Our celebration of all things spooky. During the month of October, we have what you need. Award-winning Haunted House, 3 new Flashlight tours of the main building, paranormal tours, and ghost hunts. Plus special events: HearseMania, Zombie Paintball ride and the Asylum Ball.

More information below.


HearseMania

HEARSEMANIA

Halloween themed event celebrating the customization, preservation, and restoration of all Professional Cars. In addition to being one of the largest Professional Car shows on the East Coast, Hearsemania also features artists and vendors of handcrafted items with horror, creepy, paranormal, Cryptid and oddity themes. Food vendors, live DJ, casket Basket raffle, 50/50, costume contest and more. Welcome to our Mania!

Accepting vendor applications for Artists, Makers, Oddities & Curiosities at 304-269-5070


Fall Festival 10/07

Fall Festival - October 7th

We'll be continuing the tradition of great family fun for all ages. We have a variety of vendors offering an assortment of food, crafts, ect. Karaoke, talent competitions, costume contests, children's games, and more.

Opportunities to explore the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum also will be offered include Heritage, Paranormal, Zombie Paintball, Flashlight Tours and our Haunted House.

Accepting vendor applications 304-269-5070


Flashlight tours

Flashlight Tours

During the special events at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum we also offer Flashlight tours of the historic Kirkbride building and the Medical Center! Flashlight tours are 30 minute half historic and half paranormal tours.

Tickets go on sale at 6:00 pm at our ticket booth. Doors open for the 1st tour at 7:00 pm. Tickets are first come first serve and are available on site only.

Cost is $11.00 tax included.


Haunted House
Haunted House

As our Haunted House grows, we continue to stretch the limits of our imagination to ensure that you and your friends have a horrific good time and something to talk about ‘til next year’s haunted house. We specialize in the things that go bump in the night. Open the end of September til the end of October. Thursday - Sunday. Ticket go on sale at 6:00 pm. General admission tickets sold on site. VIP TICKETS allow you to skip both the ticket line and the line to enter the haunted house.

www.theasylumwv.com


Zombie Paintball Friday and Saturday Nights
Zombie Paintball (Friday & Saturday Nights)

After a mysterious plane crash behind the Asylum carrying a strange chemical cargo that reanimated the dead the fight to save humanity is on. Join the fight to save the world this October.

Ride is weather dependant. Tickets go on sale at 6:00 pm Friday's and Saturdays. Limited seating.

Zombie paintball will not run during our Asylum ball.

$25.00 per person includes 100 paintballs. Additional paintballs are available during your ride for just $5.00.


Asylum Ball

The Asylum Ball

Our annual costume contest, you are not required to wear a costume in order to gain admission, although, due to local laws, clothing is required. Cash Prizes awarded. Entertainment provided by live bands and a DJ.

21 to enter. ID required.


Advanced tickets coming soon
Tickets at the door $35.00

Vender Application


We will close 11/12/23 for renovations

11/12 is the final Day of regularly scheduled
Daytime Historic and Paranormal Tours


Holiday Inn discount

Use the link above to save on a stay at Holiday Inn Express when visiting the Asylum.


LINKS LOCATION CONTACT FULL SITE
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070
info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
© Copyright 2009-2023. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. All Rights Reserved
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Frequently Asked Questions

(Have a question you don't see below, please email info@talawv.com)

Do we need purchase tickets in advance for daytime tours?
All of our daytime tours are considered walk-in tours and operate on a first come first served basis.

Is it really haunted?
We will leave that for you to decide.

Are there any refunds?
NO. When you purchase a ticket for a tour/hunt you are reserving a spot for that specific date and time, just as you do when purchasing a concert ticket. Due to this, we do not offer any type of refunds.

Can I purchase tickets to tours or hunts if they aren't listed above?
Yes, you can purchase tickets for paranormal tours/ghost hunts that we have scheduled by calling 304-269-5070.
A list of the dates can be located HERE.

Do we offer gift certificates?
Yes, we do, follow this link to our store.

Is smoking allowed in the building?
NO, there are designated smoking areas, ask your guide.

Can I bring a pillow/blanket?
You will be ghost hunting the entire time, you are more than welcome to bring a light bag chair but you won't be doing any sleeping in the building.

Is there some place to store my valuables/coolers/equipment?
Our heated break room is always staffed. You can leave your valuables/coolers/equipment in there.

Will my tickets come in the mail?
No. You will pick up your tickets at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum upon registration to your scheduled event.

Are we allowed to bring food/drinks?
On ghost hunts, both public and private, you may bring a cooler but drugs/alcohol are not permitted.

Do I have to purchase 10 tickets for a public ghost hunt or paranormal tour?
No, you only need to purchase tickets for the people you wish to attend with you.

What time should I be there?
No later than 30 minutes prior your tour. If the doors aren't open when you get here, they will be shortly.

What is your address? I can't find it on my GPS.
Try 50 south river avenue (right across the road).

Do I need to buy insurance to come to a public ghost hunt?
No, you only need insurance on the private ghost hunts.

The insurance for private ghost hunts, is it per person?
No. The $250 for insurance covers your group for the evening.

Is there an age limit on ghost hunts and paranormal tours?
Yes, 12 years old for a tour and for a hunt, both require a guardian.

If I can't make it due to weather, what happens?
If you call at least 1 day before your tour, we may be able to reschedule your tour to a later date.

Do we have medical records?
No, we do not have medical records of any of the patients that were admitted to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Are there bathrooms?
Yes, the bathrooms are located in the center section.

Do you have a place for me to charge my electronic devices (camera's/recorders/batteries)?
Yes, the break room has electric you can use to charge your various devices/batteries.

Why do October Ghost Hunts/Tours start at a different time?
The Haunted House and Zombie Paintball are open till 11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, we can't start Ghost Hunts and Paranormal Tours till they are closed.

Have a question that isn't on here. Please email us.

LINKS LOCATION CONTACT FULL SITE
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070
info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
© Copyright 2009-2023. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. All Rights Reserved