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Glore Psychiatric Museum

3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506
Bath of Surprise

The "Bath of Surprise" for rapidly immersing patients into ice water.

Photo credit: By David Becker [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Glore Psychiatric Museum belongs to a complex of St. Joseph museums along with the Black Archives Museum, St. Joseph Museum and Wyeth Tootle Mansion. Its exhibits feature the 130-year history of the adjacent state mental hospital, and illustrate the history of mental health treatment through the ages. It has been called one of the 50 most unusual museums in the United States. The museum displays many artifacts from the mental hospital, including medical equipment, staff uniforms, photographs, and artwork and writing created by the patients. One exhibit tells the story of a man who spent 72 years as a patient in the hospital. Some of the most notable exhibits are the full-sized models of treatment devices from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

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