We took the tour, our guide was very informative. Not only is there a lot of history in this magnificent structure, but also images to capture everywhere I turned my gaze. Of course there is a ghost story or two-but you are on your own to research those. We didn't notice any paranormal phenomenon on our visit but there are intriguing stories and lots of history.
So a little bit of history- The Asylum was built from 1858 to 1881. It was designed by Richard Andrews using the Kirkbride plan. This was a Linear Plan a design that was supposed to be more humane and encouraged healing of the mentally ill. The buildings are very impressive. It was interesting to walk through the buildings- knowing we were able to move freely but those that were here before us were not free to do as they pleased.
There is also a great museum area with an abundant amount of information about the treatments used in asylums throughout history. There is also some civil war history in these buildings which is very interesting.
I would highly recommend a stop by The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and take the tour it is well worth the time and money.