Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum, Saint Joseph: Hours, Address, Glore Psychiatric Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Glore Psychiatric Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Housed in the medical, surgical, and admitting unit of the former St. Joseph State Hospital, the museum is one of only a few of its kind. The original displays created in 1968 by the museum’s namesake, George Glore, are still a part of the collection. These exhibits give visitors a life-size visual of what mental health treatment devices looked like in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Exhibits also share the history of what was once known as “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” when it opened in 1874. The exhibits include surgical tools, treatment equipment, and doctor’s personal notes. Patient artwork, such as pottery, paintings and needlework, is also on display to give visitors an idea of how patients faced their daily challenges and expressed themselves through their art. Exhibits include the contents removed from a patient’s stomach (such as nails, thimbles, and eating utensils) as well as a television set packed full of handwritten notes written by another patient.
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Tran S
United States123 contributions
This is an interesting option for those folks that enjoy visiting museums. The museum offers a fascinating yet somewhat disturbing look at how treatments for the mentally ill were conducted in times past. I think the staff does a fairly good job with the displays and makes everyone feel welcome, however, I would not recommend this museum for those younger than middle school-aged youngsters.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dorothy H
Syracuse, Nebraska, United States25 contributions
Couples
Thought the topic looked interesting. It was! We learned so many things. Mental health is still such a mystery even in our day. This museum goes through the many ways folks have been dealt with through the years. I especially liked the art and diary excerpts of Arthur Kraft.
Written February 5, 2022
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Jarrod J
Bellevue, NE22 contributions
This was truly an eye-opening (and sometimes "closing") experience to say the least. The folks that put this thing together did an AMAZING job and weren't afraid to call a spade a spade. Their illustrations told a very surreal story of where we've come from to where we are in terms of how we treat those suffering from mental illness. Frankly, given the state of our society today and the struggles we go through, I think everyone needs to walk these halls for a little perspective...to have compassion for those who struggle, but also to be grateful for the our blessings.
Written November 2, 2020
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brinkster
washington DC73 contributions
This is a very interesting museum if you're into the weird and quirky. That being said, you won't find much on the way of carnival sideshow exhibits, more like a difficult subject (care of the mental illness) shown in a tasteful and educational way. While macabre, and many of the treatments are outrageous by today's standards, it is important that malice to the ill was unlikely. While most of the attention is on the exhibit on the 2nd and third floor, the basement also has an interesting exhibit on the role that the hospital farm played in keeping the system supplied with fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables.
Written November 29, 2020
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dgparnell2016
Gardner, KS61 contributions
Couples
We’ve been here 5-6 times as we always take visitors and family that come to visit us about an hour away. It is so fascinating and well presented. Be prepared to spend at least a couple hours. A lot to read at each display, but truly gives you an understanding of how treatment for mental illness, etc, evolved the last 150 years or so. Displays are well done and interesting. Even the bathrooms each have a theme of either fun or education. Definitely a museum to catch on your way thru or to go a bit out of your way. You also get entrance into several other fascinating museums relative to the area. You’ll be amazed. Check Groupon for special pricing just in case still offered.
Written February 23, 2020
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ShiningStar0921
South Sioux City, NE543 contributions
Couples
Very well done museum! So many displays with descriptions that are short and to the point which kept my attention :). A lot of personal stories and items mixed in which made it even more interesting! So glad we stopped. So interesting and a bit crazy to see what caused people to end up in these facilities and how recent it was still functioning.
Written September 30, 2020
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levibg
Romania18 contributions
I've wanted to visit this museum for years and finally managed it. Totally worth your time and only took a couple of hours. Watch the video first, but the rest of the museum can be seen in any order. I found the morgue and the section of lobotomies especially interesting.
Written March 13, 2021
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Nikki A
Yukon, OK6 contributions
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This was amazing place. I hope I get to go again. I gained so much knowledge and insight on the highly stigmatized practices of asylums and the “morbid” procedures of mentally ill patients. I encourage everyone to go. I throughly enjoyed learning everything that I did. You will want to stay longer than you planned to.
Written May 17, 2021
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I visited about four years ago (I was about 16 years old) and to this day my visit to the Glore Museum stands out as one of the most eerie specticals of my life. The inmate-produced artwork still wakes me from my sleep and remembering the weird cages, harnesses, and instuments of lobotomy make my skin crawl. Don't get me wrong, I found the museum educational, eye-opening, and overly interesting, just in a creepy way. I think the tour lasted about two hours, and if you happen to be staying in Saint Joseph for a day or two I think you should stop by. It will definitly give you a new appreciation of your sanity as well as for modern (humane) medicine.
Written April 1, 2002
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nikisma
san francisco, ca16 contributions
My husband and I visit St. Joe more often than we like, owing to his having family in the area, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that you can count the number of attractions worth visiting there on one hand. However, we have been to the Glore Psychiatric Museum on numerous occasions and it never ceases to fascinate. The exhibits on the history of psychiatric care in Europe and America help to illuminate the shameful ways mental illness was dealt with up until the recent past - the chair of regret, anyone? The inmate art is by turns beautiful, bizarre, disturbing, and hilarious. This place is almost worth a separate trip to St. Joe, and if I'm not mistaken admission is free, all they ask for is a donation at the door, so give generously to this truly unique and memorable museum.
Written April 3, 2005
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