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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

Open Now: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Basic but Ground-Breaking

It's a small museum but the whole concept of hospitals (and other complex institutions) opening... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Crescent City, California
Recalling History

Our visit here is to learn about the past and present history of the mental health in Oregon. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Grande Prairie, Canada
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Located in the historic Kirkbride building built in 1883, the Oregon State Hospital is the oldest working psychiatric facility on the west coast. The OSH Museum is a non-profit, volunteer-run business that provides a fascinating look into the past...more
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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a small museum but the whole concept of hospitals (and other complex institutions) opening their doors and celebrating the good and analyzing the bad is amazing and warms my soul. Let's treat each other better and learn to avoid the mistakes of our past!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit here is to learn about the past and present history of the mental health in Oregon. The museum is loaded with lots of information. The walls are decorated with past events that can take you into a time travel to uncover the past....More

Thank Morriszo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here following a visit to the state Capitol. It’s an interesting relatively small museum where we probably could have spent more time. The building itself is beautiful and nicely restored. The exhibits and links to Cuckoos nest are interesting. My favorite part is...More

Thank schmutaki
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is a MUST SEE in Salem. If you have any interest in mental health at all, that is. Housed in the original building of the "insane asylum" and on the grounds of todays mental health facility, this 2,500 sq ft museum had me spending...More

1  Thank SeaSally
Reviewed May 30, 2018

My wife is a retired RN and I really appreciated the movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1962 Book; 1975 Picture). So we visited the Oregon State Mental Hospital Museum in Salem, Oregon. The parking was free and the low cost entry for seniors...More

Reviewed May 16, 2018

Housed in the former entrance to the old Oregon State Hospital, the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health consists of a handful of small rooms and displays a fraction of the more than 4,000 artifacts contained in its archive. It fun to see where...More

4  Thank diamondfirst
Reviewed May 4, 2018

The nature of this sort of exhibit can lead to a whitewashed presentation of historical events now recognized as detrimental. We found the descriptions of past methods of mental health treatment to be fair-minded. Displays were nicely-designed with a high "human interest" quality, docents informative....More

Thank MrFrugality
Reviewed October 29, 2017

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest filming location, which would make it interesting in and of itself. However, the museum offers a wonderful insight into mental health treatment over time. As far as we have to go in this arena, it seems we have come...More

1  Thank David R
Reviewed September 17, 2017

If you are a more buff, one flew over the koo koo nest was filmed in building now torn down years ago, but if you enjoy looking at mental hospitals and old things they used to do got poor inmates.

Thank Gabriele R
Reviewed August 10, 2017

Plan to spend 1-2 hours browsing around and reading about the centre's history. It's very interesting and well put together. The staff are very friendly and helpful if you have any questions. The memorial is also beautifully set up. I'd say this exhibit is best...More

3  Thank brs054
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July 11, 2018|
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Response from KathrynD1298 | Property representative |
Yes, a small one. There are a number of interesting books, post cards and note cards, and watch caps like the one Jack Nicholson wore in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Memberships make great gifts as well.
June 1, 2016|
Response from JoeA336 | Reviewed this property |
They don't have tours. It is a small museum and general admission is 4 dollars. The acutal hospital isn't available to the general public. The museum is built inside of the hospital. No tour is needed because the displays... More