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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
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Rita S wrote a review Feb 2020
Corinth, Greece16 contributions4 helpful votes
We did a quick road tour of Salem first. Then we found a review of this fine museum on TripAdvisor. Displays of early treatment of mental illness, categories of psychiatric diagnoses. Interesting displays of treatments such as electroconvulsive and insulin shock therapy, the hydro tank and others. Interesting interviews with former patients. The grounds were lovely and worth a walk. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed here and there is footage. There are also photos of the cast. I enjoyed reading about the cast members’ interactions with patients and staff, who also were casted in the film.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Heather A. wrote a review Nov 2019
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Much more interesting than disturbing. A real eye-opener. My friend from out-of-state wanted to see the museum. I agreed reluctantly to tag along. This was a fascinating look at the history of one huge complex. This hospital is the largest I have ever seen, and with a background in healthcare, I have seen a lot. We arrived too late to spend more than 20 minutes at the museum, but it would definitely deserve a more extended visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Ken R wrote a review Sep 2019
Wilsonville, Oregon7 contributions1 helpful vote
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 history of Oregon. Also, all the abandoned remains of those placed here. So sad. Great history about 'One Flew Over the Coocoo's Nest' for fans.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Michael W wrote a review Aug 2019
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania51 contributions16 helpful votes
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. There was a small section dedicated specifically to the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which was filmed there. If you have an interest in the evolution of MH treatment from the mid-19th Century to present day, it is worth a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MadrugadaMistral wrote a review Jun 2019
Beaverton, Oregon87 contributions74 helpful votes
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" exhibit interesting -- it even includes the TV from the movie. Staff is very happy to answer questions. After touring the museum, be sure to visit the memorial showcasing the copper cans containing cremated ashes of many of those who died at the hospital. It is a very respectful and beautiful site.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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