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Glore Psychiatric Museum

3406 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64506-2913
+1 816-232-8471
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Mental health reality

This museum presents a very informative and sobering portrayal of mental health issues and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
samvivwright
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
A Must See if You're in the Area!

I found this museum when searching an "odd tourist attraction" website and I'm very happy I did! I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Angela B
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Nationally recognized as “one of the 50 most unusual Museums in the country,” the Glore Psychiatric Museum takes visitors across the wide span of historical treatment of mental illness. Exhibits illustrate the changing face of psychiatric treatment and present the history of “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” hospital.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mental illness” (38 reviews)
“eye opening” (11 reviews)
“black history” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3406 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64506-2913
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+1 816-232-8471
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum presents a very informative and sobering portrayal of mental health issues and treatments through the years. It's somewhat like visiting a concentration camp in that isn't a fun thing, but it changes your life and how you look at it.

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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

It's eye-opening to be sure. Thanks for touring and leaving us some feedback on how you felt about your visit. We appreciate knowing if we're approaching the subject as well and as accurately as it can be interpreted.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I found this museum when searching an "odd tourist attraction" website and I'm very happy I did! I only had about an hour due to travel restraints and sure wish I'd have had more! This museum is not for everyone but if you are even...More

Thank Angela B
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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We really appreciate your feedback! Yes, the museum is a bit off the beaten track and interprets a topic not many others do. So, I'm glad to hear that you found it worth the trip. We are really thrilled with your side note! The Glore...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not a very big museum, but covers a different topic than most local museums. An interesting part of medical and social history. If you pick up the St Joseph 2018 visitor's guide there's a BOGO ticket for adult admissions. Definitely worth $3.More

Thank Todd D
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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to tour and share your observations. We do indeed interpret a topic others don't. I would definitely encourage potential visitors to check out the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide. They are available at all St. Joseph attractions...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic museum. My friends and I learned a lot about a part of United States history rarely discussed. I would highly recommend planning a visit.

Thank Josh H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cast of RRT's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest had a private tour of the museum during our rehearsal process. We learned so much about the history of the treatment of mental health. I think the knowledge we gained really enhanced our performances.

Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Great collection of artifacts from a past most would like to forget. The stories and treatments are heartbreaking. An important place, I would recomend to anyone intrested in mental health, medicine or history. The Black and Native American exibits were good, really beautiful portraits in...More

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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit! We appreciate the feedback very much. It can be a heartbreaking topic and we are always hoping we present it as well as it can be interpreted. On a personal note, I love those portraits too! That's...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This facility is housed in a former Mental Institution and contains many items from its history, including some that a few people would find disturbing. An example of this would be the lattice work looking wooden and metal boxes shaped and sized slightly larger that...More

Thank Semoman
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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

We are so glad you decided to tour the museum! Yes, the history of mental health treatment can be a tough topic. We strive to stay true to history in a way that is not disturbing to visitors, but it's a tough line to walk...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

An unexpected interesting afternoon at the museum. Whole museum complex provided a much needed glimpse into history. A must see if in StJoes.More

Thank laker46
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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks for stopping by! We're so glad to hear your toured the Black Archives Museum, the Doll Museum, and the American Indian and History Galleries as well as the Glore Psychiatric Museum. I hope many others follow your advice and stop by when they are...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We drove to this town from Dubuque, IA specifically to see this museum. It is several floors and before going we checked about handicapped accessible but elevator was not working. I realize this happens sometimes but from what employees said this not an uncommon occurrence...More

Thank Deanna B
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Kathy R, Guest Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Our elevator was indeed down for an afternoon. I was hoping it could be attended to before you left town. It was all set to go the next morning, which was too late to call you to come back while you were in town. We...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

It was very interesting, also a little disturbing. I do not recommend the psychiatric part for young children. There is also a Native American and Doll area that is included in the price. Worth a visit!More

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Kathy R, Public Relations Manager at Glore Psychiatric Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check it all out. Yes, it can be an intense experience, but hopefully very educational. For those with young children, I would suggest sticking to the Doll Museum, Black Archives Museum, and the American Indian...More

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Shaina S
20 February 2017|
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Response from Kathy R | Property representative |
I would allow about an hour to an hour and a half. The Glore Psychiatric Museum has a 10 minute introductory video. There are three floors of exhibits to see after that. If you are interested, the Doll Museum, the Black... More
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slucas800
6 February 2017|
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The regular price is $6, but students pay $4. That includes non-traditional students and it doesn't matter which school a student attends. We welcome students year round and they are a big part of why the museum exists.
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