2018 Schedule for Athens Asylum Walking Tours

“Jack Crock” lived in the Asylum Fountain in summer months.


You can buy tickets and give as gifts for any tours during 2018, just call us at 740-592-2280 and choose the gift shop option!


Our schedule for the 2018 season:

January 21st
February 18th
March 18th
April 15th
May 13th  (The second Sunday)
June 17th
July 15th
August 19th
September 16th
October 21st
November 18th
December 16th

Tickets are $12.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center/ACHS&M membership or $15.00 each for 12 and over. You can call us to prepay your tickets with a credit/debit card or stop in the gift shop to pay cash prior to the tour. If you need to mail in a check to pay for tickets, the address is: Southeast Ohio History Center, Attn: Gift shop, 24 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.  Payment must be received prior to the day of your tour.

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.

Due to the popularity of our tours we now require preregistration. Call 740-592-2280 and press 1 for the gift shop to reserve your tickets!

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Asylum Tour, call The Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280 and choose option 1.

This is an outdoor walking tour and will cover the entire loop of the grounds including the cemeteries so if you have small children, bring a stroller!

George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or “The Ridges,” will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. 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 seen in the picture as well as the Kennedy Museum.

Athens-Asylum-Administration-Building-1905George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the employed, at the Asylum.

Hear about the resident Alligator, look at the names left carved into the woodwork and hear the sad tale of the “lost lady.” Your tour guide will fascinate you with how the “Lunatic” Asylum began as well as educate you on the history of mental health and psychiatry that made the Athens Asylum one of the largest in Ohio.

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.

All regularly scheduled tours are held on Sunday afternoons and start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.



About The Kennedy Center-

The main administrative section of the Asylum is now The Kennedy Museum of Art. It is open from 1:00-5:00pm to visitors during tour hours. We ask that if you visit the exhibits, please be respectful and quiet while you enjoy the galleries. Rest rooms are located within this space so if you use the facility, do so in the fashion you would while visiting a library or museum.

From Ohio Universities website- MISSION- The Kennedy Museum of Art is an integral part of the educational, research, and public service missions of Ohio University. The purpose of the Kennedy Museum of Art is to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Ohio University and the region through quality national and international exhibitions, collection-based research, and diverse formal and informal learning opportunities. The Kennedy Museum of Art exercises its public trust by focusing its collections on those works of art that it has the resources and capabilities to house, preserve, study and exhibit.