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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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Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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6 attraction reviews
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
73 helpful votes 73 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Bridgeton, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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