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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

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One Flew Over The Coo - Coos Nest

I was very unsure of what would be there as the state hospital isn't a place I thought would be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan R
Salem, Oregon
Amazing History

In the mental health crisis we are happening. This just was interested. Stopped by to just check it... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Hillsboro, Oregon
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Located in the historic Kirkbride building built in 1883, the Oregon State Hospital is the oldest working psychiatric facility on the west coast. The OSH Museum is a non-profit, volunteer-run business that provides a fascinating look into the past...more
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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very unsure of what would be there as the state hospital isn't a place I thought would be worth a visit. I was very wrong. There 're things to read and things to listen to. There are drawers to open with all kinds...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan R
Reviewed 2 October 2018

In the mental health crisis we are happening. This just was interested. Stopped by to just check it out low fee.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank beebo614
Reviewed 26 August 2018

It's a small museum but the whole concept of hospitals (and other complex institutions) opening their doors and celebrating the good and analyzing the bad is amazing and warms my soul. Let's treat each other better and learn to avoid the mistakes of our past!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Our visit here is to learn about the past and present history of the mental health in Oregon. The museum is loaded with lots of information. The walls are decorated with past events that can take you into a time travel to uncover the past....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Morriszo
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped here following a visit to the state Capitol. It’s an interesting relatively small museum where we probably could have spent more time. The building itself is beautiful and nicely restored. The exhibits and links to Cuckoos nest are interesting. My favorite part is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank schmutaki
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is a MUST SEE in Salem. If you have any interest in mental health at all, that is. Housed in the original building of the "insane asylum" and on the grounds of todays mental health facility, this 2,500 sq ft museum had me spending...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

My wife is a retired RN and I really appreciated the movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1962 Book; 1975 Picture). So we visited the Oregon State Mental Hospital Museum in Salem, Oregon. The parking was free and the low cost entry for seniors...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 16 May 2018

Housed in the former entrance to the old Oregon State Hospital, the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health consists of a handful of small rooms and displays a fraction of the more than 4,000 artifacts contained in its archive. It fun to see where...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank diamondfirst
Reviewed 4 May 2018

The nature of this sort of exhibit can lead to a whitewashed presentation of historical events now recognized as detrimental. We found the descriptions of past methods of mental health treatment to be fair-minded. Displays were nicely-designed with a high "human interest" quality, docents informative....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MrFrugality
Reviewed 29 October 2017

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest filming location, which would make it interesting in and of itself. However, the museum offers a wonderful insight into mental health treatment over time. As far as we have to go in this arena, it seems we have come...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank David R
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11 July 2018|
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Response from KathrynD1298 | Property representative |
Yes, a small one. There are a number of interesting books, post cards and note cards, and watch caps like the one Jack Nicholson wore in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Memberships make great gifts as well.
1 June 2016|
Response from JoeA336 | Reviewed this property |
They don't have tours. It is a small museum and general admission is 4 dollars. The acutal hospital isn't available to the general public. The museum is built inside of the hospital. No tour is needed because the displays... More