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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

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Address: 2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
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+1 971-599-1674
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12:00 - 16:00
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Tue 12:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located in the historic Kirkbride building built in 1883, the Oregon State...

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 practices and history of mental health in Oregon. As a self-guided tour, you will be able to explore 2500 Square Feet of exhibits at your own pace and engage in interactive displays. The museum is open: Tuesdays 12pm -4pm Fridays 12pm - 4pm Saturdays 12pm - 4pm Admission: $4.00 General $3.00 Seniors (65+) and Students with ID $2.00 Youths (6-18, children under 6 are free with an adult) Group Rates are available for groups of ten or more and must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

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Oregons mental health care was and IS attrocious.

In Oregon state mental health facilities, even the most well behaved patients who have never harmed or even threatened another human are put in the same halls and units as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brad M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Oregon state mental health facilities, even the most well behaved patients who have never harmed or even threatened another human are put in the same halls and units as dangerous and abusive patients, which makes for an environment that terrifies the already paranoid and gratifies the dangerously insane. The staff do not handle patient geography with any care and... More 

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The Museum of Mental Health is operated by an independent non-profit organization and is not a part of the Oregon State Hospital. While the opinions of visitors about the Hospital are interesting, they do not reflect on the Museum. More 

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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This is a small but enlightening museum. The history of mental health in itself is interesting, but this was a museum of this specific locale as well. There were biographies of former patients, stories of significant events, as well as various instruments used in treatment. It is only $4.00 and worth the time to investigate.

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2 Thank Kendra F
Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

You may or may not enjoy the history of the medical practices that are shown and talked about at the museum but it is enlightening!

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2 Thank gwplmrm
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Few ailments are so misunderstood as mental illness. This unique museum takes a frank and sometimes frightening look at how we have treated those we considered insane. Much progress has been made but there is still room to improve. The museum offers not only artifacts from the hospital's history but also the rarely heard stories of the people who lived... More 

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2 Thank lamzdyvy
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

The exhibits were all educational and really cool to see. They had old medical equipment mixed in with a lot of history that was really cool to see. The volunteers are really happy to answer any questions you have and to tell you more about the property and history. It took about an hour to see/read/absorb everything and is close... More 

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Reviewed 16 October 2016

`One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' was filmed here. Interesting to see history of treatment of the mentally ill. Helpful staff. Only $4 to get in. Nice if it you need something to do indoors.

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woodburn, or
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

this is a refurbished building from the past and one you will remember. the cupola and brick make for a real photo shoot.

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1 Thank ken m
Laguna Woods, CA
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

Although we've heard some stories about abuses in the past through movies and books, etc regarding people being put into institutions and being kept there without being helped, or maybe even against their will, the stories that one reads about on the self-guided tour in this museum really makes you realize that real people went through unbelievable suffering because of... More 

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Pismo Beach, California
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Aside from what the hospital represents, the museum is very interesting. Going back to the early days up to present treatment. Also the filming location of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Also watch the ground for the purple glass tiles. They let light in for the underground tunnels.

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

I took my kids (ages 6, 12, 17) to the museum on mental health operated in the front of the this building. I believe it was $4/adult, $2/child entrance fee, which supports the museum operation. The museum was full of historical stories about actual patients, and offered a look into how the Oregon State Hospital was built and modified, as... More 

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