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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 are large, easy to read, & displayed well in each exhibit. It is a hidden gem.