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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 28 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 NE
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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46 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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