Length: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Untouched Buildings Accessed: 1
Explore the past of the Richardson Olmsted Campus during this one-hour guided tour of an unoccupied building. Visitors will be introduced to the genius of architect Henry Hobson Richardson, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and mental health advocate Dr. Thomas Kirkbride, whose work collectively built the 145-year-old former state hospital facility.
During the tour, visitors will experience some of the site’s original structures as well as the healing landscape designed to serve as a therapeutic environment for patients.
Please Note: This is a historical tour of abandoned buildings yet to be redeveloped by the Richardson.
What to Expect:
- Ages 16 and up.
- For your safety, sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. We reserve the right to turn away anyone without appropriate shoes.
- Photography is not allowed inside the historic buildings on this tour. For those interested in taking photographs, please check out our photography tours.
- Hard hats will be provided.
- This tour requires the ability to walk for the full duration of the tour as well as climb stairs.
- Prepare to get a little dusty during your time on-site. We recommend wearing a mask in interior spaces.
- You are strongly encouraged to bring bottled water as it can get warm inside the building in the summer.
- Tours are rain or shine.