Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum The Glore Psychiatric Museum tells the story of our understanding and treatmemt of the mentally ill, both at our own institution and i the rest of the United States and Europe from prehistory through drug therapy.

A tour of the Glore Psychiatric Museum is an awe-inspiring experience. The Museum leads you through exhibits that illustrate the history and progress of mental health treatments. Housed in the medical, surgical, and admitting unit of the former St. Joseph State Hospital, the museum is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, making it a must-see. Established in 1968 as a collection of displays for a St. Joseph State Hospital open house, the Glore Psychiatric Museum now presents over 10,000 items for viewing. The original displays were created by the museum’s namesake, George Glore, and are still a part of the collection. These exhibits give visitors a life-size visual of what mental health treatment devices looked like in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Glore, then the occupational therapist for the St. Joseph State Hospital, worked with his patients to create the original displays that tell the story of early treatments. Exhibits also share the history of what was once known as “State Lunatic Asylum No. 2” when it opened in St. Joseph in 1874. Donations from across the nation have gradually expanded the Glore Psychiatric Museum’s exhibits. In 2018, a series of temporary exhibits will be featured, highlighting the 50th anniversary of the museum. The exhibits include surgical tools, treatment equipment, and doctor’s personal notes. Patient artwork, such as pottery, paintings and needlework, is 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. To gain a better understanding of mental illness and the evolution of its understanding and treatment, a tour of the Glore Psychiatric Museum is an enlightening, and unforgettable educational experience. To find out more about the Glore Psychiatric Museum’s community events and/or plan a visit, visit the website at http://stjosephmuseum.org/museums/glore.

Glore Psychiatric Museum
07/03/2019

Glore Psychiatric Museum

As Independence Day approaches, we just wanted to remind everyone that the Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019. We will re-open on Friday, July 5.

Have a fun and safe holiday!!

06/30/2019
BBC Two

BBC Two

Why time seems to speed up as you get older ⌛️

As Independence Day approaches, we just wanted to remind everyone that the Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed on Th...
06/28/2019

As Independence Day approaches, we just wanted to remind everyone that the Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019. We will re-open on Friday, July 5.

Have a fun and safe holiday!!

A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO
06/12/2019
A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO

A Foodie Influencer Explores the Best Bars and Restaurants in St. Joseph, MO

A food influencer road trips from Kansas City, MO, to St. Joseph, MO, and tastes his way through the best bars and restaurants in St. Joseph. Read about his experience at St. Joseph restaurants including Café Belle Epoque and St. Joseph bars including Tigers Den Bookstore and Bar.

Our first Forensic Night is underway, and the groups are having a ton of fun! There's another session tomorrow afternoon...
05/31/2019

Our first Forensic Night is underway, and the groups are having a ton of fun! There's another session tomorrow afternoon for adults and two children's sessions in the morning. You do not want to miss out and space is limited! Register online at stjosephmuseum.org/events

05/26/2019
Lest We Forget

The Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019.

We will be closed April 21, 2019, for Easter Sunday.  Happy Easter, Everyone!
04/20/2019

We will be closed April 21, 2019, for Easter Sunday. Happy Easter, Everyone!

Make plans to join us for one of the Renewable Science Workshops!St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue9:30 to Noon fo...
03/21/2019

Make plans to join us for one of the Renewable Science Workshops!

St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue

9:30 to Noon for Kindergarten through 3rd grades
1:30 to 4:00 p.m. for 4th through 6th grades

Workshop participants will recycle materials for STEM/STEAM to re-purpose & up-cycle, such as creating: Solar Powered Car, Shrinking Plastic Art & Jewelry, Self-watering Seed Starter Pot, Mini Bowling Pins and other games, Amazing Jelly Fish in at Bottle and/or a Jump Rope with plastic bags, and more! The sessions are limited to 25 students. The cost of the workshop is $25 per student and paid reservations are required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471 or visit stjosephmuseum.org/events.

Make plans to join us for one of the Renewable Science Workshops!

St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue

9:30 to Noon for Kindergarten through 3rd grades
1:30 to 4:00 p.m. for 4th through 6th grades

Workshop participants will recycle materials for STEM/STEAM to re-purpose & up-cycle, such as creating: Solar Powered Car, Shrinking Plastic Art & Jewelry, Self-watering Seed Starter Pot, Mini Bowling Pins and other games, Amazing Jelly Fish in at Bottle and/or a Jump Rope with plastic bags, and more! The sessions are limited to 25 students. The cost of the workshop is $25 per student and paid reservations are required. To reserve a space, call (816) 232-8471 or visit stjosephmuseum.org/events.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/15/2019

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Join us for all the details on a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the romantic Rhine, Europe’s longest river! The castles along the Rhine so impressed William and Eliza Wyeth that they asked St. Joseph architect E. J. Eckel to design their 1879 home, now called the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, to resemble one. Matt Greenwaldt, a Mayflower Tours representative, will share the details on how you can see the beauty of the area for yourself on a trip which leaves on September 23, 2020. Highlights include excursions to the Black Forest, Mt. Pilatus, many historic cities and castles, 23 meals, and much more. Find out how to receive free airfare during the presentation, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, on April 4. Admission to the program is free. No reservations are required to attend.

02/20/2019

Due to this seemingly never ending winter, the Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. Stay safe everyone!

(Never trusting a groundhog again...)

02/11/2019

The Museum will be closed today. Stay warm and be careful on the ice.

02/06/2019

We are closing today at 1:30 p.m. due to ice. Please take care everyone!

01/23/2019

Due to weather conditions, the Glore Psychiatric Miseum will be closed tomorrow,
Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Everyone stay warm & safe!!

01/18/2019

We will be closing at 2 p.m. today due to the weather.

Our lot will be cleared and we plan to open at 10 a.m. as usual on Saturday unless something unforeseen happens.

Please stay safe on the roads and come see the museum when you can.

01/13/2019
PBS

PBS

Jerri Clark, founder of the group Mothers of the Mentally Ill, shares her #BriefButSpectacular on why mental illness should never be a crime. (From PBS NewsHour)

01/12/2019

Hey all...We are closed today due to the snow. Everyone stay safe & if you have to get out, be careful!

Hey everyone! We are closed today & tomorrow for the New Year's holiday. May you all have a safe holiday!!Happy New Year...
12/31/2018

Hey everyone! We are closed today & tomorrow for the New Year's holiday. May you all have a safe holiday!!

Happy New Year!!

We are closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, but will re-open December 26. Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you!...
12/24/2018

We are closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, but will re-open December 26.

Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you!!

Stop by and see us on this last weekend before Christmas.  We will be open!We will, however, be CLOSED Christmas Eve & C...
12/21/2018

Stop by and see us on this last weekend before Christmas. We will be open!

We will, however, be CLOSED Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Put your traveling shoes on and get ready as the 2019 St. Joseph Museums Adventures are announced on January 10!Also, de...
12/21/2018

Put your traveling shoes on and get ready as the 2019
St. Joseph Museums Adventures are announced on January 10!

Also, details on the St. Joseph Museum Fall Foliage Tour to New England and Cape Cod to be presented by Mayflower Tours!

Be among the first to know as we gather at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at the St. Joseph Museums, 3406 Frederick Avenue.

Can spending time around negative people change your brain?
12/17/2018
The shocking impact that negative people have on your brain

Can spending time around negative people change your brain?

We all have these people in our lives. The eternal pessimists who are quick to point out when you’re wrong. The ones who will always explain why your plans won’t come to fruition. The people who bring you down by complaining about whatever’s happening in their own lives. They’re perpetually ...

11/27/2018

Okay, so this just happened... KCPL was able to fix the transformer, so the power is back on. Yay!! AND the lot has been opened, which means we will be, too!

We open at 10! Come see us!

11/27/2018

Hey everyone...thanks to the storm, we only have partial power, including no heat! The parking lot is also still VERY icy. As a result, we will be closed today (Tuesday, Nov. 27).

We are so sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to be back up and running soon!

11/26/2018

The Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed tomorrow (Monday) November 26 due to conditions caused by Sunday's snowstorm.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay warm & safe everyone!!

11/25/2018

Due to weather conditions, the Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed on Sunday, November 25.

We will be closed Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but we will be open on the 23rd!  Stop by and see us!HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
11/21/2018

We will be closed Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but we will be open on the 23rd! Stop by and see us!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

How do adverse childhood experiences impact mental and physical health?
11/10/2018
NPR

How do adverse childhood experiences impact mental and physical health?

A new study shows how the effects of childhood trauma persist and are linked to mental illness and addiction in adulthood. It also shows that broad-based policy solutions are needed in addition to individual interventions, a lead researcher says.

10/29/2018

On November 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Since this Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, is the centennial of “the day peace broke out”, it has an extra special meaning and commemorations will take place across the country and world.

As part of this special Veterans Day, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is promoting a commemorative initiative known as the “Bells of Peace.” Individuals, communities, and businesses are encouraged to mark the centennial by ringing bells slowly 21 times at 11:00 a.m. local time.

If you do not have a bell, you can render the salute by other means, including gongs, bicycle bells, wind chimes, etc., and yes, there is an app for this event – download the Bells of Peace app in either Google Play or the Apple App Store. https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/567-ace/5056-yourace-participation-app.html

We hope you will join us in honoring those who fought and died in World War I, and those veterans who have fought for our freedom, as well as those who have given “their last full measure of devotion.” (Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863) #BellsofPeace

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/546-events/bell-tolling/bells-of-peace/4559-bells-of-peace-resources.html

NPR
10/26/2018
NPR

NPR

A new study finds that the cerebellum plays a key role in many aspects of human behavior, as well as psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.

Freud loved Chow's and had several throughout his life.  Yofi was with Freud the longest and often sat through therapy s...
10/03/2018

Freud loved Chow's and had several throughout his life. Yofi was with Freud the longest and often sat through therapy sessions. Freud noticed that the presence of his dog helped reduce tension in the room. Patients would open up more when Jofi was there, especially children and adolescents.

09/24/2018

Someone lost their stuffed animal on Free Museum Day. It's a little bear. Call (8162328471) and identify it if you think it might be yours!

09/12/2018
08/27/2018

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that we will be Closed on Monday, Sept. 3 for Labor Day. We will be open Saturday & Sunday, though, so please come and see us during these last days of summer!

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
08/15/2018

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

Every Museum is a Stage!

Free workshop

Do you love to act and be on stage?
-Local Museums offer great opportunities for Volunteer Docents to give tours.
-Do you love museums and want to share your knowledge?

This training will teach you the skills to become a docent.
Topics will include:
Know Your Audience
The Art of Improv
Public Speaking Techniques
Learn to be an Awesome Tour Guide!

To be held at the Downtown Abbey 1202 Felix St., St. Joseph, Missouri.
Free! Workshop is sponsored by the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives and the Missouri Humanities Council.

2 sessions to choose from:
8am to noon: https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026133
or 1:00 to 5:00 pm https://mama.wildapricot.org/event-3026174

Save the dates!  You don't want to miss Spend the Night at the Museum or Voices!Both are filling fast!!!
08/10/2018

Save the dates! You don't want to miss Spend the Night at the Museum or Voices!

Both are filling fast!!!

St. Joe: a destination for museums from eclectic to mainstream
08/05/2018
St. Joe: a destination for museums from eclectic to mainstream

St. Joe: a destination for museums from eclectic to mainstream

St. Joseph, Missouri, is less than a four-hour drive from Wichita, and the town of 90,000 has 13 museums with topics ranging from Walter Cronkite to the Pony Express to psychiatric problems.

Spend the Night at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Saturday, October 6,...
07/13/2018

Spend the Night at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Come to mix, mingle, and check in from 3 to 4 p.m. The event continues until after breakfast!

Here is your opportunity to experience the Glore Psychiatric Museum as part of an exclusive group of overnight guests. Tour the original tunnels and see behind the scenes. View the “Kill or Cure” video, hang-out with Museum staff and learn about early mental health hospitals and treatments, take a guided tour, and participate in a paranormal investigation led by A.P.E.X. Paranormal. Space is limited to 30 guests. Pre-paid reservations are required. Tickets are $125 per person, which includes dinner, movies, overnight stay, snacks, and breakfast. Must be 18 years of age or older. Bring your sleeping bag or air mattress and choose your spot!

To make reservations, call 816-232-8471. For more information, visit stjosephmuseum.org/events.

Financial assistance provided by the St. Joseph, Missouri, Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mark your calendar and join in a unique experience.  You won't forget it!
07/05/2018

Mark your calendar and join in a unique experience. You won't forget it!

Check us out on TripAdvisor!
07/05/2018

Check us out on TripAdvisor!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!#MuseumFireworksShowThis fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Ho...
07/05/2018

Happy 4th of July everyone!!
#MuseumFireworksShow
This fireworks mural was painted by a patient at the St. Joseph State Hospital as part of the Park Mural Group Art Project from 1988-1990. The walls of one of the tunnels that formerly connected the buildings of the State Hospital were used as the "canvas" for the murals. This mural, as well as other amazing pieces of artwork, can be seen at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.

07/03/2018

Hi everybody! The Glore Psychiatric Museum will be closed on Independence Day. We will re-open at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!!

Address

3406 Frederick Ave
Saint Joseph, MO
64506

There is a bus stop nearby, both on Frederick Avenue, and at our back entrance on 36th Street.

General information

The museum is located in the old medical-surgical (then receiving unit) building of what was termed the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2 when it opened on November 9th, 1874. The building is handicap accessible (flat entrance and elevator access) and there is a wheelchair available for visitor's use. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for children 7-18 and college students, children 6 and under are free. We do offer AAA and military discounts.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(816) 232-8471

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