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Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health

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Address: 2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
Phone Number: +1 971-599-1674
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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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Gorgeous old building

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Saukvi
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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woodburn, or
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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Laguna Woods, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

You get to see the things you never knew were happening to the poor folks put in these places. And the reasons they were put in there will amaze you.

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Tried to visit the museum on a Monday but they were closed so I will plan better next time I visit. Enjoyed walking the grounds, very lovely and relaxing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

I have been wanting to go to this museum for a while and finally made the time. The building, built in 1883, is beautiful. The grounds are well-manicured with gorgeous blooming flowers. Approaching the museum, the vast size is overwhelming. Inside, I was greeted by a very kind volunteer. The displays range from fascinating to utmost sadness. There is one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Enjoyable hour or two, yes I'd go back. Very interesting and informative. Most of the public, especially the younger generation has no idea what mental health facilities were like. This is an actual operating mental health facility but a small, older area is set aside for the museum. I watched ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST movie before visiting and... More 

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