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Where Was Mindhunter Filmed? All About The Season 1 and Season 2 Sets & Locations

Mindhunter Netflix Filming Locations
The Protagonist From The US Crime-Drama Series Mindhunter (Credit: Radio Times)

Curious to know where the American crime-drama series Mindhunter was filmed? Then you have come to the right place. Mindhunter is one of the most-watched series on Netflix. Fans liked the outstanding cast of the series, and with the amazing plot, the questions about the filming locations of the show have been increasing over the internet.

So, let us get to know about all the important filming locations of Mindhunter. But before we begin, here’s a bit about the critically acclaimed Netflix show Mindhunter.

Mindhunter takes you to the world of Holden Ford and Bill Tench, the FBI agents from the 70s who approach different methods to solve unsolved serial killer crimes in the country. Both of them decide to take the assistance of a psychologist to understand how the psychopath and the serial killer’s mind work.

Subsequently, they start interviewing different serial killers who are already in jail. They apply all the knowledge that they receive after interviewing the serial killers on their ongoing cases to arrest the killers and bring justice to the families of victims.

Throughout the first and second seasons, the protagonists of Mindhunter are shown traveling to different places to meet the incarcerated criminals and to solve the crimes. Additionally, many of the real-life crime stories were adapted in the series, so the Mindhunter crew selected such locations that made the show look more realistic in the eyes of viewers.

The filming locations for both seasons differed. So read till the end to know where both seasons of Mindhunter were filmed and how you can travel there.

Mindhunter Season 1 – Filming Locations

As the protagonists of the show, Holden Fold and Bill Tench, are shown traveling around the whole country to meet the criminals to understand their psychologies and accordingly to train the police to solve the serial killer crimes, fans assumed that the team may have traveled to different locations in the US to film the scenes.

However, the whole shoot happened in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There were many artificial sets arranged to film some parts, while others were directly filmed at some famous spots in Pennsylvania.

Universities and Institutions:

Washington and Jefferson’s college was one of the main locations of Mindhunter that was cleverly used to film some major parts of the show. The Swanson Science Centre was turned into the Boston College, and even the scene where Holden travels to Charlottesville was filmed at the exterior part of Washington and Jefferson college.

Washington and Jefferson College

Filing location of Mindhunter – Washington and Jefferson College

Additionally, Many of the scenes were taken at the campus of the college, noteworthy locations including Lazear hall. The Porter Hall Building is located at Carnegie Melon University, and Shaffer Elementary School is some of the other institutions where Mindhunter was filmed.

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Police and FBI Departments:

The artificial sets were formed on 31st Street studio in Pennsylvania and were transformed into one of the important Mindhunter locations, such as the interiors of FBI headquarters. Additionally, to shoot the exteriors of the FBI research center, the crew traveled to VA Hospital, Highland, Virginia.

West Virginia Penitentiary

Joliet Correctional Center from Mindhunter (Credit:

For the location of Sacramento Police station, the shots were taken at the building, which is located in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and for the Joliet prison, the best location that the crew could find was the West Virginia Penitentiary, located in Moundsville.

This prison is now permanently closed, but its neo-gothic structure and the museum attract many tourists to the place. Additionally, the shoots of many prominent films and TV series, such as Castle Rock, The Night of The Hunter, and The Pledge, have happened around this prison.

Other Locations:

Holden’s Apartment was set on 31st Street Studios, and for the shooting of Tench’s Apartment, the crew traveled to Mt. Lebanon. There are many hotels that were also filmed around the city of Pennsylvania. Notable names include Messart’s Restaurant, Virginia, and the George Washington Hotel, Cherry Street, WA.

FBI Headquarters Mindhunter

FBI Headquarters from Mindhunter located on 31st Street Studios

Mindhunter Season 2 – Filming Locations

Season 2 of Mindhunters took place in the year 1981, and even this season, Tench and Holden travel to many places to investigate the crimes. Many of the crimes that were featured in season 2 were based on real-life crimes, so the filming locations were the crucial parts of season 2 to keep the scenes as realistic as possible.

MT Lebanon Christian Church

MT Lebanon Christian Church featured in Mindhunter Season 2 (Credit:

Several locations, such as Holden and Tench’s apartments, the jail, and the FBI headquarters, were filmed at the same location as season one. But for other scenes, the locations varied as the crew also traveled to Atlanta for certain scenes.

Additionally, SCI Pittsburgh (The Correctional Facility), MT Lebanon Christian Church, and Monroeville Mall became the significant filming locations for the filming of the second season in Pennsylvania.

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