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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 27 attractions in Saint Joseph
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Prairie Village, Kansas
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154 reviews 154 reviews
95 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I am a nurse, so maybe it was extra interesting to me. It was fascinating about the patient who swallowed all the hair pins, etc, etc. It was a great history of how mental illness (sadly) was treated over time. Well worth the visit and glad we went there. Amazing! Don't be put off by the unpretentious outside, it's well... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a very interesting, historic experience for those who are fascinated by the mental health evolution in this country. Thank goodness for modern medicine! We definitely recommend this museum even if it is a little disturbing! You won't forget it!

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STL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

I went today to this museum and the gentleman that greeted us was very informational and funny. If you are looking to find a lost piece if history, go to this museum. For around $6 a person, you can learn a lot about the history of this very interesting building. There are a few other museums that are smaller inside... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I'll admit that that learning about the history of psychiatric practices is a bit of a downer, especially if you're on vacation like I was, however my curiosity drew me in and I don't regret it. Something that struck me is how there was an emphasis on how patients/residents were human. While former practices didn't seem to honor that fact,... More

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

avoid this psychiatric museum unless you are into cruel and unusual punishment because that is what this museum covers in the way of mental health care in the past.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wonderful display of all aspects of the early psychiatric "profession", some of which are quite disturbing. Beautifully presented and docents are friendly and helpful. Whilst there don't forget to see the Native American, African American can Civil War Museums, all located in the same building.,

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Really great insight into institutions as a whole, very representative. Give yourself some time for a visit, it's a large place. Probably the best museum in Missouri outside of St Louis. Well worth a visit.

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Wichita, Kansas
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85 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Sorry to say we went to the Glore on a day that they were hosting a craft show, flea/farmers market. The hallways and some of the exhibit rooms were packed with vendors trying way too hard to sell you things which really detracted from the ability to enjoy the well presented exhibits. It also made for some tight quarters. But... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was an eye opening experience. There is so much to learn & see here. The fee to enter not only include Glore, but there are numerous exhibits to explore. Included is Civil War, Indian, African American, a doll collection, a room with information about Jesse James. The Glore exhibit is exceptional and certainly makes you glad you live in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Look at the group pictures of the staff hanging on the walls...look passed the posed people & gaze into the windows of the buildings. You will see some very curious mental patients looking out the windows.

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