I heard about this museum about two years ago. It’s been high on my to-do list ever since. It’s an old asylum that has been turned into a museum in St. Joseph, MO. I was excited this morning when work ended early and it was rainy outside. A perfect day for a museum visit.
I was pleased that the admission was only $6. It actually got you into about 4 museums total, but on a limited time frame, the Glore Psychiatric Museum was my goal. I started by tagging at the end of a tour, but quickly realized it wasn’t for me and started to explore by myself. I have been intrigued by abnormal psychiatry as long as I can remember. When I was about 12 I inherited (from where I don’t know) an abnormal psychology textbook. I was fascinated by these diseases of the mind and even more fascinated about how they were treated throughout history. The idea of cutting a hole in someone’s skull in order to “let out demons” that made someone seem crazy was incredibly shocking to my 12 year old mind (and still for my 37 year old mind).
As I walked through the museum today I was filled with alot of different emotions. The second floor is where treatments were done. Anything from lobotomies to torturous devices that were meant to calm hostile patients. The third floor was where music and art therapy took place. There is a lot of good art work and really intriguing to view. Some very powerful pieces are found here. In particularly a woman who they said couldn’t communicate. She embroidered an entire blanket communicating all of the things they said she was incapable of.
I would recommend this museum to anyone. It was small, but there’s a lot of fascinating things here.