Get A Tour Of The First State Run Facility For The Mentally Ill

This is one tour that will really give you the creeps. On June 8th, The New York State Office of Mental Health will offer it’s only tour of the year at the Utica Lunatic Asylum. Built in 1843, it was New York’s first state-run facility for the mentally ill. 

At the asylum’s peak, around 3,000 people were housed in the Greek-style architectural building. Unfortunately, controversial treatments such as lobotomies and electro-shock treatments were performed in the asylum on the residents. There are people who also claim that the building is haunted!

The asylum closed for good in 1978, and was added to the list of historic landmarks in 1989. To take the tour you must pre-register. So if you are in the mood for a creepy, yet educational, experience, this might be your ticket! 

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Mental Health

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