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Glore Psychiatric Museum

3406 Frederick Ave., P.O. Box 8096, Saint Joseph, MO 64506
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Ranked #3 of 27 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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Omaha, Nebraska
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Bridgeton, Missouri
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I stopped by with my teen age sons. I was worried that they may be bored but after several hours I had to almost pry them out of the place. My 18 year old son who never has patience for anything was totally into all of the exhibits and we took lots of pictures. Mainly it gave us a lot... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Interesting, but dated. Curious to see how recent some contemporary mental health practices have been in play.

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Overland Park, Kansas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Quite an interesting history of the psychiatric field, particularly for those who work in related careers. Not exactly the place to bring young children or for those with a weak stomach. Great value--three museums--Glore, Civil War, African-American, as well as a small doll display--all at one affordable price.

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Edwardsville, IL
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44 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This museum seems kind of sick, but it really was quite interesting to see how patients in mental institutions were handled back in the day. It was a nice place to stop for a quick (about 30 minutes) break on a road trip, and there was a spot for a picnic lunch before we got back on the road. You... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Actually visited in May of 2013. Was in town visiting friends and we decided to check out the museum because the Apple Blossom Festival was a bit muddy. We were pretty close to closing time so we were rushed in seeing the exhibits. You will see some amazing things here and also be amazed at how far we have come... More

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This museum, set on the site of a long-time psychiatric hospital is extremely interesting and educational. You will be amazed at how we used to treat mentally ill people (as opposed to not treating them at all way too often nowadays). Every teenager should visit this museum.

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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It is interesting from a historical and scientific point of view. Historical for the way the mentally ill and emotionally wounded were "treated" and treated. It really made me gain compassion for the mentally ill/emotionally wounded people who endured things that did little more than contain them for safety and most likely made the emotionally wounded even more traumatized to... More

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

It was a little creepy but very interesting. Some aspects of how we treat mental illness hasn't really changed since the eariler times and other things have dramatically changed. Interesting displays of treatment methods. Definitely worth your time!

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