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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
+1 971-599-1674
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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... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Brad M

This is a small but enlightening museum. The history of mental health in itself is interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Kendra F
via mobile
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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 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, Wednesdays 12pm-4pm, Thursdays 12pm-4pm, Fridays 12pm - 4pm and Saturdays 12pm - 4pm Admission: General: $5.00 Seniors(65+): $4.00 and Students:$4.00, children under 10 are free with an adult)
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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
+1 971-599-1674
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank Brad M
Management response:Responded 14 April 2017

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.

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....More

2  Thank Kendra F
Reviewed 17 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!

2  Thank gwplmrm
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...More

2  Thank lamzdyvy
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...More

3  Thank subjectsierra
Reviewed 15 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.

3  Thank teklamom
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.

1  Thank ken m
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...More

2  Thank beachmeisters
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...More

4  Thank Eric M
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,...More

3  Thank Kendra V
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How much does it cost to take a tour? And how do i set one up?
1 June 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
Rock P
What are the hours the State Mental Hospital is open
24 June 2015|
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Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 12-4.