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Glore Psychiatric Museum

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Address: 3406 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506
Phone Number: 816-232-8471
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Surprisingly very interesting

I was surprised by how interesting this museum was. We were looking for some time to kill and found ourselves throughly enjoying the museum. It is attached to a civil war portion... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Jeff G
Savannah, Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I was surprised by how interesting this museum was. We were looking for some time to kill and found ourselves throughly enjoying the museum. It is attached to a civil war portion as well and unfortunately 2 hours was not enough time to see everything. If you are in this area I would recommend going to see this.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Whoa! This is one place I could have spent an entire day in. The history and relics. There is also extra exibits like a doll one.

Thank Josie S
Saint Joseph, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This is an amazing museum to visit. It is housed in a building that was once part a very large State Mental Hospital complex, This museum shows how mental illness and patients with mental illness were dealt with in the early years of mental treatment. Some of the things that took place here would be called barbaric in todays world.... More 

Thank Ge0rgetravels
Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Not many punches pulled. You'll be amazed at some of the treatment of the mentally ill as recently as the 30's and 40's. A real discussion starter.

Thank Jim O
Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Was really expecting more from this place, but it was interesting. So sad to see how society treated the mentally disabled way back when. There is one floor that is dedicated to American Indians and African Americans.

Thank pandam1
Corpus Christi, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The Glore museum was very interesting and the staff were great. Great price too. It connects to three other museums. You could spend a day in there.

Thank Dawn G
Mobile, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

A very interesting museum that tries to preserve past treatments through education and a museum instead of trying to bury it. The art on diplay was amazing and the basement was a bit disturbing in a positive way. It is a real look at the healthcare of people in the past. Very interesting place to visit and done respectfully

Thank pnkgirl
Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Visiting this museum was an educational experience about how those with mental disabilities were treated in the late 1800's up until the 1970's. Some of the treatments used were disturbing. The displays are authentic or realistic replications, with an explanation of how these items were used for treatment.

Thank Pat A
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The Glore was rather creepy and disturbing to visit, I will be honest, but if you are interested in psychiatric histori, this is a great place to visit. You have to understand - the museum is not sugar-coating the treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and it's not meant to be a happy fun-time visit because you just... More 

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Arthur, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Not sure what I was expecting, but found this Museum very disturbing. Very hard to look at some of the displays, and realize that these treatments were used on people. Actually had goosebumps in some of the areas. Do NOT recommend it with small children.

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