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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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Very interesting, well worth it!

We stopped in with time to burn, and turned into a great choice. Super interesting about the... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2019
Ken R
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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Interesting, but not for everybody

This is a unique niche museum. It’s low tech, with displays that have interesting photos and... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2019
michaelwH8102LQ
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Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
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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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We stopped in with time to burn, and turned into a great choice. Super interesting about the origins of mental hospitals in general, and specially this one. Very sad to read how people put in here were simply committed by family members with no training in mental health. Sad
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This is a unique niche museum. It’s low tech, with displays that have interesting photos and artifacts, but nothing that is really interactive. The museum is more focused on the history of MH treatment at the Oregon State Hospital rather than a broader focus on mental health.
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This museum is on the grounds of the beautiful Oregon State Hospital campus and includes exhibits about the state mental hospital's history, even including equipment like straitjackets and electroshock machines. Most people seemed to find the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
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This is a great hidden gem on the grounds of the Oregon State Hospital, where "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed. They even have the SAME TV shown in the movie. But Hollywood is only a small part of this informative site. The film about the cremations is riveting. The
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This place is amazing. The table that lobotomies were performed on is on display. People talking on old rotary phones as you pick them up to listen to testimonials about being a patient there long ago is mesmerizing and about how one doctor hung himself in a closet in one of the
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