Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum, Saint Joseph: Hours, Address, Glore Psychiatric Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Glore Psychiatric Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Housed in the medical, surgical, and admitting unit of the former St. Joseph State Hospital, the museum is one of only a few of its kind. The original displays created in 1968 by the museum’s namesake, George Glore, are still a part of the collection. These exhibits give visitors a life-size visual of what mental health treatment devices looked like in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Exhibits also share the history of what was once known as “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” when it opened in 1874. The exhibits include surgical tools, treatment equipment, and doctor’s personal notes. Patient artwork, such as pottery, paintings and needlework, is also on display to give visitors an idea of how patients faced their daily challenges and expressed themselves through their art. Exhibits include the contents removed from a patient’s stomach (such as nails, thimbles, and eating utensils) as well as a television set packed full of handwritten notes written by another patient. Tours include
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jenn W
Iowa11 contributions
Pretty Cool
Mar 2021 • Family
Overall very interesting. We were only disappointed that the original building was not part of the museum.
Written 20 March 2021
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levibg
Romania18 contributions
A worthwhile visit
Feb 2021
I've wanted to visit this museum for years and finally managed it. Totally worth your time and only took a couple of hours. Watch the video first, but the rest of the museum can be seen in any order. I found the morgue and the section of lobotomies especially interesting.
Written 13 March 2021
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anderson213
Hannibal, MO398 contributions
Thought-provoking
Jan 2021
Great Museum that showcases the history of the treatment of the mentally ill. It's packed with historical information, but also with many accounts of patients that lived in the institution. In fact, these accounts are the true details that give the museum its real impact.
Written 25 January 2021
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brinkster
washington DC71 contributions
Great place for psychiastrists and mental health care providers to be!
Nov 2020
This is a very interesting museum if you're into the weird and quirky. That being said, you won't find much on the way of carnival sideshow exhibits, more like a difficult subject (care of the mental illness) shown in a tasteful and educational way. While macabre, and many of the treatments are outrageous by today's standards, it is important that malice to the ill was unlikely. While most of the attention is on the exhibit on the 2nd and third floor, the basement also has an interesting exhibit on the role that the hospital farm played in keeping the system supplied with fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables.
Written 29 November 2020
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Jarrod J
Bellevue, NE22 contributions
Once you see it, you'll never look at folks the same way!
Nov 2020
This was truly an eye-opening (and sometimes "closing") experience to say the least. The folks that put this thing together did an AMAZING job and weren't afraid to call a spade a spade. Their illustrations told a very surreal story of where we've come from to where we are in terms of how we treat those suffering from mental illness. Frankly, given the state of our society today and the struggles we go through, I think everyone needs to walk these halls for a little perspective...to have compassion for those who struggle, but also to be grateful for the our blessings.
Written 2 November 2020
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ShiningStar0921
South Sioux City, NE517 contributions
Very interesting!
Sep 2020 • Couples
Very well done museum! So many displays with descriptions that are short and to the point which kept my attention :). A lot of personal stories and items mixed in which made it even more interesting! So glad we stopped. So interesting and a bit crazy to see what caused people to end up in these facilities and how recent it was still functioning.
Written 30 September 2020
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Joshua White
Saint Joseph, MO2 contributions
One of the best museums I've been to!
Sep 2020
It teaches you about medical practices there were used and how they treated mentally ill people. It gives you the creeps!
Written 12 September 2020
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Jody T
Sedalia, MO30 contributions
Love this museum
Jun 2020 • Family
If you can read you will learn many fascinating facts! Has a great psychiatric section. What they did to mentally ill people was horrible. Not a lot of people know this history. Need to educate all about our history or we are destined to repeat it!
Written 12 June 2020
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Cory
Illinois96 contributions
very informative
Jun 2019 • Solo
Not busy at all. Reasonable cost to enter and covered a wide range of topics on psychiatric health, and had quite a few artifacts. Worth a visit if in St. Joseph.
Written 18 May 2020
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dgparnell2016
Gardner, KS57 contributions
Fascinating, great displays!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We’ve been here 5-6 times as we always take visitors and family that come to visit us about an hour away. It is so fascinating and well presented. Be prepared to spend at least a couple hours. A lot to read at each display, but truly gives you an understanding of how treatment for mental illness, etc, evolved the last 150 years or so. Displays are well done and interesting. Even the bathrooms each have a theme of either fun or education. Definitely a museum to catch on your way thru or to go a bit out of your way. You also get entrance into several other fascinating museums relative to the area. You’ll be amazed. Check Groupon for special pricing just in case still offered.
Written 23 February 2020
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