444 Forest Ave
Buffalo, NY 14213
What was it like to live at the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane (now known as the Richardson Olmsted Campus)? Go behind-the-scenes and back in time to when the Richardson was home to thousands of people: patients, doctors, nurses, attendants, and staff.
The 145-year-old former state hospital facility consists of purpose-built structures and a healing landscape that created a therapeutic environment then considered the most progressive treatment available for mental illness.
This two-hour tour, led by a knowledgeable docent, provides access to multiple untouched spaces on-site, including some not available on other tours, and explores the lives of the men and women who lived and worked at the Richardson from its earliest days until the last patient moved out in the 1970s.