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Glore Psychiatric Museum

3406 Frederick Ave., P.O. Box 8096, Saint Joseph, MO 64506
816-232-8471
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Ranked #4 of 29 Attractions in Saint Joseph
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: When you first drive up you will notice two large mental facilities. The one with barbed wire is a working medical facility.   The barbed wire area... more »
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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I decided to visit the Glore Psychiatric Museum. There are a few different museums in the building. There was a Native American Section which was very interesting. The psychiatric hospital detailed ways they used to deal with mental illness. I don't know why psychiatrists used to think electro shock therapy or lobotomies were a humane way of... More

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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Entry into psychiatric museum gets you into a three other museums in same building. The cost is low, especially if you use a groupon like we did. We didn't go into the doll museum but all the others were fascinating. I took my teenage son and he enjoyed it. Great visit.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We toured the Glore Museum with a large group. Their displays on lobotomy surgeries and electro-shock therapy are really eye opening. The display of pica (a patient had over 1,400 items in her stomach) was really amazing.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The museum, was actually a very comprehensive overview of the the history of treatment of mental disorders. If this interests you - Go! For me, it a bit creepy and sometimes depressing.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Come see a different attraction than most museums. This is a history of a bygone time and place....the era of the mental institution and of the history of psychiatry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Some of the ways our forefathers treated the mentally ill were creepy if not horrid: chair cages that spin; cold baths; straight jackets, lobotomies. This place may be fine for teenagers and adults but if you have any children under 6, don't bring them. However, this is like no other museum you will ever see and it is worth the... More

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Omaha NE
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83 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What do you think of when someone says “mental institution?” “One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest?” Scary movies? The Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph takes a fair look at the history of Missouri’s mental institutions and the history of treatment. I was excited to visit the museum. Some will say my wife looked forward to it more, with the... More

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was cool to travel. You actually get 4 tiny museums for one admission (find bogo online). However, it had more boring than interesting. The original hospital is now the prison next door. The guy at the front desk, bless his heart, was very sweet and helpful though!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Really interesting to find out all the ways Psychiatric hospitals treated their patients in the old days

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A very unique museum. I don't know of any museums that specialize in mental health, not that I've ever looked for one. It is a little creepy but you get a look inside something not many of us have had exposure too. Unfortunately you can't go inside the original building from the 1800's it is being used as an actual... More

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