The Glore Psychiatric Museum

Housed in the medical, surgical, and admitting unit of the former St. Joseph State Hospital, the Glore Psychiatric Museum shares the history of what was once known as "State Lunatic Asylum No. 2" when it opened in St. Joseph in 1874. The exhibits include surgical tools, 17th, 18th, and 19th
century treatment equipment, and doctor's personal notes. Patient artwork, such as pottery, paintings and needlework, are also on display to give visitors an idea of how patients faced their daily challenges and expressed themselves through their art. Exhibits include the contents removed from a patient's stomach (such as nails, thimbles, and eating utensils) as well as a television set packed full of handwritten notes written by another patient. All four floors of the museum are available for viewing, in addition to a section of the 1930s tunnels once used to transport food, laundry, supplies, and even patients between St. Joseph State Hospital buildings. The tunnel walls are covered with murals painted by patients between 1988 and 1990.

Admission: $6; ages 60+, $5; ages 7-18, $4; group rates offered.


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3406 Frederick Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Additional Information

Open Year-round
ADA Fully Compliant
No Smoking
Casino Gaming
Historic District
Biking / Walking Trails
Pets Are Not Allowed
Service Animals Welcome
Reservations Not Accepted
Advance Contact Requested

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