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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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Informative and interesting... very telling of mental health treatment in history

Plan to spend 1-2 hours browsing around and reading about the centre's history. It's very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
An amazing display of history

There is so much to see and everything has such detailed explanation. We learned so much about not... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Turlock, California
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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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  • Average7%
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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2669
+1 971-599-1674
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to spend 1-2 hours browsing around and reading about the centre's history. It's very interesting and well put together. The staff are very friendly and helpful if you have any questions. The memorial is also beautifully set up. I'd say this exhibit is best...More

Thank brs054
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to see and everything has such detailed explanation. We learned so much about not only the property but the practice of mental health through time. The movie from 1975 One flew over the cuckoos nest with Jack Nicholson was shot here...More

Thank Tcard2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Artifacts, story boards, and helpful docents made this visit interesting. Mental health was sure handled differently in the late 1800's through mid 1900's. For those who remember the movie One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest - it was partially filmed here.

Thank Virginia R
Reviewed 12 July 2017

What an eye-opening, enriching experience this visit was! The hospital museum speaks not only to the history of mental health treatment, but also its hopeful future. The hospital grounds' facilities still house active, inpatient treatment facilities, and let me add that the landscaping is breathtaking......More

Thank VaporK8
Reviewed 13 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

2  Thank Brad M
Management response:Responded 15 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 18 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 16 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
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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
24 June 2015|
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Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 12-4.