What a great treat to visit a landmark of movie history. Lots of educational facts and items. Patients are in this building to this day. The museum part is small but worth the visit.
I dated a man who worked as an aid in the 60's, and he used to take me to work on Sunday. It was clearly a warehouse situation. A lot of the people suffered from senile dementia and Alzhimers, though they didn't have a name for it then. The usual word was "senile". There were no care facilities for memory... More
The mental health museum is located in the former state mental hospital, built in the 1880's. The building has some unique architecture and is in a nice setting. There are several exhibits showing treatment techniques and equipment from the past, such as electro shock therapy machines. Probably the most interesting aspect was that a retired doctor from the facility served... More
It has a record in family history. We wanted to see for ourselves the facility. Very interesting an informative with a lot a visual displays of equipment and photos. Big emphasis on the fact it was once the set for a famous movie. The route through the facility was a little confusing.
About two weeks ago we visited the OSMH Museum with some friends. We had prepared ourselves by viewing the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoos' Nest" the night before and recently visiting the bridge in Depot Bay which is featured in the movie. Not only did the museum give us a glimpse into past treatment of special needs people in... More
This museum is really interesting and the staff member there was knowledgeable and friendly. The personal stories of some of the patients were really interesting - in addition to text stories, there are old fashioned phones with recorded stories that you can listen to.I loved seeing the old equipment and day to day necessities. My oldest child (9) found this... More
If you are at all interested in Mental Health, and even some of the early treatments, then you will enjoy this small museum. You will also see some scenes from the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" which was filmed at the hospital.
We saw this on trip advisor and as a nurse I was very interested. It is small but well done showing methods of mental health treatment. I thought we would see more of the tools but the samples they had were well done. They only accept cash so that was a disadvantage but one of our party fortunately had enough... More
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