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Outdoor Walking Tour of the Historic Athens Asylum

Ticket Prices:
Students with a Student ID- $10
Southeast Ohio History Center Members – $15
Regular Non-Member Adult – $20
Family Bundle – $60
Children 12 and Under – Free
Tour the famous Athens Asylum, one of the few Kirkbride Asylums left. George Eberts, long time Asylum employee and local expert on the Athens Asylum, will be leading an outdoor walking tour of the historic Asylum grounds. His insights on patient treatment throughout the asylum’s 150-year existence are peppered with stories, personal anecdotes, and hidden locations throughout the grounds.
Learn about the history of the famed Kirkbride and other buildings, the renowned landscaped grounds, historic cemeteries, and the evolution of mental health treatment from the inception of this storied institution until its closure a quarter century ago. The tour will last approximately two hours. Due to Ohio University restrictions, access to the inside of the buildings is limited, but you can tour the main entryway as well as the Kennedy Museum.
We meet at the Kennedy Museum of Art, in front of the original Administration Building of the Athens Asylum- 100 Ridges Circle, Athens, OH 45701. This is an outdoor tour so please plan accordingly. The tour will cover the entire loop of the grounds, so if you have small children bring a stroller!
***For more information or to reserve a space on the tour contact the Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280. Tickets can also be purchased online or in person at the History Center at 24 West State Street in Athens. Tours do sell out regularly, so please reserve your tickets prior to the tour.
Rain Policy: We conduct the Asylum Tour in rain or shine so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas as conditions require. Cancellation will take place only if dangerous weather such as lighting storm or high winds are active. In winter months, if there is a level 2 or 3 snow emergency, the tour will be canceled as well. In the event of cancellation, those with prepaid tickets can call us and choose either another tour or receive a refund.
REFUND POLICY- Refunds will be given only under the following circumstances:
• Requests that are pre-paid and made at least 48 Hours prior to tour.
• Active lightening storms- you will be given either tickets to attend another tour of your choice, or, ticket price will be refunded. Rain DOES NOT cancel the tours- please bring appropriate rain/weather gear.
• Level 2 or higher snow emergency.


May 13 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Outside the Kennedy Museum of Art Building
100 Ridges Cir, Athens, OH 45701-6812, United States

One Response

  1. I am interested in the asylum walking tour. I cannot find dates of the up coming tours.
    Your calendar does not have them in advance.

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