Oregon State Hospital - Museum of Mental Health, Salem

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Bearing Witness, Giving Voice

Established in 1883, the Oregon State Hospital is Oregon’s primary adult psychiatric facility and the last Kirkbride-inspired hospital operating on the West Coast. In 2008, the entire Salem campus was listed as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation which runs a 2500 square foot museum in the oldest building on the Oregon State Hospital Campus. The museum tells the many stories of the hospital and its community.
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  • We did a quick road tour of Salem first. Then we found a review of this fine museum on TripAdvisor. Displays of early treatment of mental illness, categories of psychiatric diagnoses. Interesting.....  more »
  • Much more interesting than disturbing. A real eye-opener. My friend from out-of-state wanted to see the museum. I agreed reluctantly to tag along. This was a fascinating look at the history of one...  more »
  • There's a rumor on the interweb that Su Tissue is staying there.. anyone know?
  • I lived on ward #40C as a kid&I feel very safe&secure there and in any kind of psychiatric hospital,it's home to me it's all I no and I so very much really want to go live the rest of my life in the ore St.hospt.please.Gregory Scott Martin 11/19/1971

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