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Glore Psychiatric Museum

3406 Frederick Ave., P.O. Box 8096, Saint Joseph, MO 64506
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Ranked #4 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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
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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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Weston, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed to see how sick were the doctor in the beginning of the 1920's,30's and how they treated mentally depressed

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

There are a few different museums in this building. They are all covered under the same admission price. I didn't pay much attention to the Psychiatric museum, as it was creepy to me. I did enjoy the rooms full of Native American artifacts. There was also a small black-heritage room, as well as a re-created Civil War medical treatment facility.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

While there are three museums in the one building, we only went to the Glore Psychiatric Museum which is three stories. It's the top floor that has the most incredible things to see. Originally, this was a psychiatric institution and they show what it was like to be a patient there. Yes, they did have art classes, music classes and... More

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