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St. Joseph, Missouri: Glore Psychiatric Museum Team Field Report

3408 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO
I-29 exit 47 (Frederick Ave.) Head west about a mile. After 36th St. you'll see the Glore sign and building on the left. Be careful not to drive into the entrance for the prison next door -- they can be a little jumpy.
M-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6. Not recommended for children under 15.
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Glore Psychiatric Museum.

Glore Psychiatric Museum

A giant "human hamster" treadmill is only one of many intriguing displays in a museum that shows how hard it is to make people sane. Report... [12/18/2016]
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Freud Bathroom.

Glore Psychiatric Museum

This museum is amazing, horrifying, educational and touching. Use the bathrooms -- they're themed! Glore Psychiatric Museum is a great way to learn about the experience of mental illness/health, and the societal response through history. Expect to spend some time, as the exhibits are detailed and fascinating.

Don't forget to visit the attached museums dedicated to the history of St. Joseph, which includes a vast collection of Native American artifacts and the Black Archives.

[Heidi, 10/03/2017]

Patient scribblings.

Glore Psychiatric Museum

One of a kind museum with a massive collection of antique psychiatric equipment, as well as fascinating patient artifacts!

[Cj, 10/21/2016]

Hamster wheel for patients.

Glore Psychiatric Museum

The Glore state lunatic asylum was established in 1874 and was in operation for 130 years. Surgical tools, treatment equipment, furnishings, nurse uniforms, personal notes, and other items from the hospital are on display. However, this place was a true house of horrors. All manner of creepy apparatus are on display, from a large wooden guinea pig wheel (where patients would walk until exhausted) to a wooden gallows (minus the rope) which dropped patients into a huge tub of ice water.

In one display case there are over 400 items that one patient swallowed, causing her death, including nails, paper clips, safety pins, buttons, rocks... just about anything imaginable.

[Vicki Stevison, 07/30/2015]

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