Richardson Olmsted Campus

Explore one of Buffalo's most historic landmarks, The Richardson Olmsted Campus.

Tour an iconic 145-year-old national historic landmark designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux.

Current Status: Private tours available by pre-registration only

Enjoy one of Buffalo’s most historic landmarks, The Richardson Olmsted Campus located at SUNY Buffalo.

Interested in Buffalo’s history and architectural beauty? The Richardson Olmsted Campus is open for tours. Learn about Buffalo’s past while exploring the campus’ 42 acres of architectural feats. This 145-year-old mixed-use campus is perfect for uncovering the past of New York’s second largest city.

Developed by Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, The Richardson Olmsted Campus was once home to the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Today the campus is viewed as one of Buffalo’s most iconic sights and regarded as a National Historic Landmark. With many of the buildings being vacant since the 1970’s, the campus is a fascinating sight to behold. If you’re a history buff looking to gain a greater understanding of architecture, patient life and the history of a former groundbreaking mental health institution, this campus is a must-see attraction.

Looking for an expert to guide you and your friends through the campus? Check out the private two hour tours through the campus’ unoccupied buildings. Rain or shine, The Richardson Olmsted Campus includes a variety of three separate private tours to fulfill all of your explorative needs. Make sure to schedule your tour at least two days before your visit to fully prepare for your exploration.

Want to fully immerse yourself into the history of the campus? Try the In-Depth tour to explore the vacant buildings and scenic landscape of the campus. Curious about the patients and staff who once inhabited the Buffalo State Asylum? The Patient Life tour places you in the past to fully understand what it was like to live and be treated on the property. Enjoy exploring through a different lens? The Photography tour allows visitors to engage with the environment and buildings to offer a closer view on the state of the campus.

Experience the history of Buffalo and book your tour today!

“The parts they fixed up are amazing! I can’t wait for the rest of the structure to be renovated and utilized.”

—Tina, Google

Take Amtrak to the Richardson Olmsted Campus

Experience this unforgettable attraction via Amtrak to Buffalo Exchange Street Station in Buffalo, N.Y.—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!