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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health
Ranked #14 of 81 things to do in Salem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 practices and history of mental health in Oregon. As a self-guided tour, you will be able to explore 2500 Square Feet of exhibits at your own pace and engage in interactive displays. The museum is open: Tuesdays 12pm -4pm, Wednesdays 12pm-4pm, Thursdays 12pm-4pm, Fridays 12pm - 4pm and Saturdays 12pm - 4pm Admission: General: $5.00 Seniors(65+): $4.00 and Students:$4.00, children under 10 are free with an adult)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 27 July 2013

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 interesting, my younger two did not, and my partner took them outside to the beautiful grounds for a walk while I finished looking around. The exhibit on Cuckoo's Nest was well done and informative.
Prices are low and worth it!

$4.00 General
$3.00 Seniors and Students with ID
$2.00 Youths (6-18, children under 6 are free with an adult)

4  Thank MJCat47
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

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.

2  Thank MikeInPennsylvania
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Reviewed 30 March 2013 via mobile

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 on him and the ladies were gracious enough to allow us to mail back a donation if we hadn't had cash. 5 adults and one child was only 20 $ so not to bad. All and all worth the stop.

3  Thank Kalani D
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