September 16: Schedule for Athens Asylum Walking Tours

Join us for our next Athens Asylum Walking Tour on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM!

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!

“Jim Crocs” lived in the Asylum Fountain in the summer and wintered over in the basement of the Asylum where the steam heat kept the floors nice and warm. Although he was named “Jim Crocs” he was actually an alligator. He was donated to the Columbus Zoo after getting too big to fit in the fountain!


Our schedule for the Fall 2018 season:

September 16th

September 16th

October 17th 4:00PM

October 20th 3:00PM

October 21st

October 24th 4:00PM

October 31st 4:00PM

November 18th
December 16th

Tickets are $12.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center 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 request preregistration. Call 740-592-2280 and press 1 for the gift shop to reserve your tickets! Tours do sell out regularly, so please reserve your tickets prior to the tour.

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 staff, at the Asylum.

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 Museum of Art

The main administrative building of the Asylum now houses the Kennedy Museum of Art. It is open from 1:00-5:00pm to visitors during tour hours. Be sure to check out the exhibit on the history of the Asylum as you enter!

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.