Old, Abandoned Mental Hospital Photos That’ll Creep You Out

Photos of abandoned places often go viral. They are prime material for photographers and explorers, both amateur and professional, to venture out and get glimpses of the past, anywhere from amusement parks to malls. Abandoned old mental hospital photos are on that list, mainly because they are certified-creepy by many internet users. While it’s interesting to look at the equipment and decor left behind, there’s something haunting (and terrifying) about every abandoned mental hospital.

Whether it’s the unspeakable horrors done on-site in the past, or rumors of ghosts in the buildings, they can be just as scary as some horror movies. See the phenom for yourself as you click through this list of old mental hospital photos and read the story behind them.

Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane 

The Willard Asylum For The Chronic Insane has been shut down since 1995. Its past still lingers — an attic full of suitcases from patients past was discovered, still full of all their possessions: photos, teacups, jewelry. 

Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane 

The morgue is very much intact today, as seen above. The autopsy tables are perfectly in place. 

Forest Haven

Forest Haven was a live-in facility for both children and adults with Intellectual Disability (ID). It was closed in 1991 due to years of allegations of abuse, medical incompetence, and deaths from aspiration pneumonia. 

Forest Haven

This abandoned mental hospital is tied to rumors of medical malpractices and horrific practices: shock therapy, hydrotherapy, and lobotomies. The haunted history of the shut-down institution remains a focal point for urban explorers as they venture in to see a glimpse of what was. 

Danvers State Hospital 

This psychiatric hospital was a victim of overcrowding. It was originally built to house 500 patients but quickly filled up with over 2,000 patients, causing patients to be put in both the basement and attic.