Voted one of the top 10 attractions in Missouri in the USA TODAY® Reader's Choice travel contest, the Glore Psychiatric Museum takes visitors across the wide span of historical treatment of mental illness and social attitudes towards mental health. 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: $7; age 62+, $6; students, $5; age 6 and younger, and museum members, free. Group rates available.