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.
HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY! (or doughnut if you prefer).
Did you know frying biscuit dough is a super easy way to make homemade donuts. Look at these cute as heck dough boy and girl from the doll collection! Who else was today years old when they found out that his name is "Poppin Fresh" and he had a girlfriend "Poppie"?!
Megan Wyeth Presents Arthur Kraft Sounds of Fury for the Glore Psychiatric Museum
A Luna Moth on the building of the Glore Psychiatric Museum today. They are a symbol of mental health awareness and a rare find since the adult stage of their life is nocturnal and only lasts 7-10 days. We hope your day is full of pleasant surprises.
Stop in and get your own AUTHENTIC STATE HOSPTIAL #2 GOWN MASK. Multiple designs. Original hospital gowns. Tie closure. $1 also we have a video tour of the glore premiering in TMINUS 2.5 hours (1:25) see our previous post for the link to the full KC Virtual Museum Day schedule
Kansas City metro area museums are uniting with the support of the Heartland Learning Collaborative for a virtual museum day on May 29. Check out the page for a schedule of events and when you can see our video about the Glore!
"This is our Story KC" will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the event’s Youtube channel. bit.ly/virtualmuseumdaykc
A day for museums to celebrate community, share stories that matter, and help the Greater KC area connect.
Learn more about our shared vision of a vibrant learning ecosystem: www.thelearningcollab.org
Optical illusions are one of our favorite things! Check out these optic toys at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. RIGHT HERE IN THE KC AREA!
The eyes have it. In her latest museum walk-through, T/m Collections Manager Calleen Carver explores the OPTICAL TOYS exhibit.
Click the video link below for a peek inside the gallery, then check out the pics for Calleen's personal favorite objects.
No switch, no problem. Come get your IRL animal crossing fix at the Glore!
Attention Animal Crossing Players! You all may have seen the new museum stamp rally. International Museum day was yesterday, the 18th. We are hosting our own IRL stamp rally now through May 31!
There are fish, bug, and fossil objects at each of our 3406 Frederick Avenue and our 1100 Charles Street locations.
Rules: 1. Find 1 item for each category (fish, bug, fossil) take a selfie with them.
2. Bring your photo evidence to the admission desk.
3. Receive your stamp collection and a QR code for a specially made St Joseph Museums Inc virtual tshirt. Unique piece at each location.
4. Share the challenge with your friends!
The first 50 individuals to complete the challenge will also receive their choice of animal figure to take home.
Same, City Museum, St Louis, MO. We miss our weirdos too! ❤️🧠
#CreepiestObjects Winner is .... drum roll please... Tonsil Guillotine. Close second place was tumor spoon. Maybe you will catch the other contenders in future posts ;) Video of this tool in action down in the comments!
Tonsil guillotine - 1st position grabs tonsil 2nd position cuts tonsil. Removing the tonsils was a treatment for recurrent throat infections. Tonsillectomy by guillotine, popular in the late 1800s, fell out of favor in the early 1900s due to the high numbers of people who experienced heavy bleeding and recurrent sore throats. #FrederickAveFriday
Did you know that one man, Dr. Joseph Hyrtl disagreed with phrenology so much that he amassed a collection of skulls just to prove the theory wrong? You can see this collection and much more by taking a tour of the Mütter Museum, through the link below. 24 minutes of great info. Comment section has links you can skip around to certain exhibits.
Join Curator Anna Dhody on a virtual tour of the Mütter Museum from the safety of your home! Please consider helping us preserve and maintain our collection:...
Covid-19 Clinical survey to better understand its impact on mental health.
The purpose of this study is to learn about how stressors related to the COVID-19 virus affect mental health over time. We will ask you to complete questionnaires every two weeks about COVID-19, mental health symptoms and stress using the study website for up to 6 months. We hope the study will help...
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Happy Mother's Day to all our momma's out there! Check out this neat hand made book project you and your kids can put together. Link has a downloadable/printable template and step by step instructions and tips to put it together. What a sweet way to spend your Mother's Day.
Go cast your vote for creepiest object!
Museums across the country have been participating in Curator Wars. Since we have been racking our collective staff brains for our #CreepiestObject and simply CANNOT decide. We wanted to share something besides our infamous stomach contents display. We are going to leave it up to you all! Read the item descriptions below, vote for your pick by reacting to this post with the item's matching emoji, and next Friday will post a photo of the winner and more detailed description. #FrederickAveFriday
👍 - tonsil guillotine
❤️ - clay figurine with knife
😆 - human hair jewelry
😮 - apple head dolls
😡 - tumor spoon
See updated opening information below.
Current COVID-19 updates - The St. Joseph Museum is reopening with limited hours and occupancy. Our new hours are:
3406 Frederick Avenue: Tuesday - Saturday 10a - 4p.
Wyeth-Tootle Mansion: Friday - Saturday 10a - 4p.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online at: https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/hours-and-admission.
Currently we are not accepting cash payments. Occupancy will be limited to 25 visitors at a time at Frederick Ave, and 10 at the Mansion. Visitors should follow proper mask use and social distancing rules set by the city. We are logging visitor contact information should a positive case be reported. We have added signage to assist in these changes. Interactive elements in the museum are temporarily unavailable. Thank you for adapting with us, and helping keep our community safe and healthy.
Mayim Bialik - Free Live Class
"Neuroscience: It’s Not (Necessarily) Brain Surgery" - for Kids K-12
History of the Missouri State Lunatic Asylum #2 by Scott Clark
That last one is terrifying 🐯👑
You've heard of Joe Exotic aka Tiger King. We now present to you, Saint Joe Exotic, check out these cool cats and kittens in our collection. #FrederickAveFriday
You can be a part of our next exhibit design.
This year we had planned to get you all involved at our Free Day event to lend a hand in breaking mental health stigma, by literally having you stamp your hands on our exhibit wall. Since we cannot do this in person right now, we are asking you to send us tracings of your hands to go up in the exhibit space as vinyl replacements. If you would send the tracings to our PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO 64508. We would greatly appreciate your help in updating this space. #FrederickAvenueFridays #BreakTheStigma
Graphic from today's presentation on Trauma by Jean West.
Dorothea Dix's tireless fight to end inhumane treatment for mental health patients
Today marks the 218th birthday of Dorothea Lynde Dix, one of the America’s most eminent reformers of the living conditions and treatment of the mentally ill.
Neat find from our collections manager
Pictured is a medical carrying case that may have been used by a Doctor to make house calls in 1910. The case itself is made of leather with a leather shoulder strap. Inside the case are various glass medicine bottles and medical supplies. Each medicine bottle is closed with a cork and includes a label on the outside, giving vague details on what its contents were. A few descriptions from the medicine labels are: Sedative and Mild Hypnotic, White Pills, and Cystogen.
It is interesting to see how the practice of medicine has changed since 1910. What do you think medicine will look like 110 years from now?
Did you know you can explore the South building of our Frederick Avenue site through Google maps? We've done some exhibit changes since these photos were taken. Can you spot the differences between what is currently out on display?
How do we see colors, how do bees and dogs see colors, what do colors make us feel?
Good old normal distribution meme to make you chuckle as we all are home flattening a different curve
Join our Museum Educator Sara Parks for "8 Basic Emotions and What They Do For Us" today at 1:00 on Facebook Live with a bonus Gratitude Scavenger Hunt.
Online education line up
If you caught our first online live stream today, let us know what you thought. Here is what we have coming up next.
Learning doesnt get quarantined #adaptivelearning
You may have heard St Joe is shifting to sheltering in place until April 2nd. That means starting Tuesday our staff will be working from home. Our programming manager will still be doing events, with her special furry cohost. There are events up on fb and our website for exclusive private content (it is $8 per email address registration). Those that have paid will get an email to join the private chats. Those will be longer programming averaging about 1-2 hours, remaining exclusive as recorded versions. We will also try to do daily free shorter videos of via YouTube live and Facebook live. These will be starting at 1pm Tuesday. Remember to sign up for tomorrow's private live event over A Nest Is Noisy! 🎥🏠❤
We have started a youtube channel to get online programming to you all through this COVID-19 period
After looking around at web/ live stream/ sharing options, we have decided that we will be hosting events through our youtube live channel. Customers that purchase tickets to the event will have access to our private streams. Email addresses are used to connect these so please make sure yours is right when entering it in our registration form for an event. This way we can have special content for our paying customers, but we will also be trying to add additional shorter free videos as well. Our first video is up now!
3406 Frederick Ave
Saint Joseph, MO
There is a bus stop nearby, both on Frederick Avenue, and at our back entrance on 36th Street.
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.
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