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Glore Psychiatric Museum, Saint Joseph

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4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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  • Very interesting museum. Staff friendly and helpful. Could have spent twice the amount of time we had here. 
  • A bit discomforting to see some of the things that early psychiatric patients were subjected to but very interesting and informative. 
  • This museum is like no other. Displays of former methods in treating mental patients. The favorite display is the artistic display of the contents of a patient's stomach who swallowed, nails, hair pin...  read more »
  • I don't know what some other reviewers were talking about. This is by far, in my opinion, the best museum in the Kansas City area. If you have a dark sense of humor or an interest in the macabre, this museum will delight you. Highly recommended.
  • A couple of summers ago I visited this one-of-a-kind museum in northern Missouri. Friends had told me about it and there have been several features on Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and PBS. The Glore Psychiatric Museum documents centuries of mental health treatment, and it is located next door to the original state hospital. Some of the exhibits include: surgical tools, rehabilitation equipment, patient's belongings, nurse uniforms, and other items from the former hospital. Visitors will discover the evolution of mental health treatment. Some of the barbaric treatments on display include a giant “hamster wheel” to tire out agitated patients, a “cold plunge” platform if the patient told a lie (they stand on a trap door that drops them into the ice water), and a trephination (skull drilling) display from another institution. There are also fascinating drawings from one of the schizophrenic patients, including a collage of words that gives you a perspective of what one individual was going through. Pottery, paintings, and other artwork on display gave patients an outlet to express their angst, pain, or joy. According to the Saint Joseph Museums website, in 1968, George Glore, an employee of the State Hospital, helped design and build several life-size replicas of 16th, 17th, and 18th century treatment devices for an open house for Mental Health Awareness Week. Those exhibits eventually resulted in the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Check it out.... it is worth a visit!
  • I have been to this museum several times, I love it, I try to go about every five years or so each time it's more interesting to me maybe age has something to do with it IDK, it just amazes me how far we have come in the years on mental health and knowing the things people used to think would heal a broken mind!!!! It's a must see!!!!
  • The Glore Psychiatric Museum is part of the St. Joseph Museums, you get access to both (along with Black Archives and the Doll Museum) with admission. The museums have come a long way in recent years and theres some really awesome exhibit. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is part fascinating and horrifying, it documents the state hospitals history and it's definitely worth a visit.
  • This was one of the most amazing places I have ever been to. It's very interesting! If you are intrigued by history, this is the place for you to go!
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