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St. Joseph, Missouri

Obscura Day 2016: Glore Psychiatric Museum

Explore how the treatment of mental illness has evolved on an in-depth tour of the former Missouri Lunatic Asylum No. 2.

Explore the history behind the treatment of mental illness on this guided tour of the Glore Psychiatric Museum, housed in a former Missouri asylum.

While the original 1874 building is now used as part of the city’s prison, four floors of a more recent section of the asylum along with the once fully operational morgue now house the Glore Psychiatric Museum's collections. Named after George Glore, who was employed by the Missouri Department of Mental Health for most of his 41-year career and worked with staff and patients to create replicas of 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century treatment devices, the collection consists of actual medical equipment as well as full size replicas and dioramas.

On this special Obscura Day tour we'll have a chance to view lobotomy instruments, patient art, swallowed objects and a Tranquilizer Chair created by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and founder of America's oldest operating theater. We'll also have a rare opportunity to explore the original tunnel system that once connected the asylum's main buildings.

Saturday, April 16; 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ticket Cost: $6

Glore Psychiatric Museum
3406 Frederick Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64506

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