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02February 10, 2021

Chemical Reactions

Exhibit looking at the introduction of Thorazine and other pharmaceuticals into the treatment practices at the Oregon State Hospital.  The exhibit was on display from 2019-2020. When the drug Thorazine became available in the 1950s [...]

09September 15, 2018

If Walls Could Talk: Asylum Architecture in Oregon

If Walls Could Talk: Asylum Architecture in Oregon On exhibit 2018-2019 This exhibit looks at the changing architecture of the Oregon State Hospital and how treatment methods have impacted architectural design. The exhibit [...]

01January 30, 2017

We Need Your Help!

After four years of being open only three afternoons a week, beginning in March we will be open five days a week. This will help us accommodate more visitors and meet the demand for service [...]

What Visitors Say

I enjoyed your museum as it was unlike any museum I have experienced before. My favorite part was the stories about the actual patients and the telephones that allowed me to listen to the recordings. The history of procedures also interested me.
Recent Visitor
I really appreciate finally seeing this forgotten part of Oregon history brought back to life.
LuLa Mae M, Visitor
I appreciate all the work that has gone into this. I actually visited this facility as a student in 1959. I’m so glad to see the wonderful new hospital and was able to come to that open house. I’ll be coming back for a longer visit when I have more time. Great job!
Recent Visitor
I enjoyed walking through the museum and seeing all the different medical equipment and other things that were used in the asylum. I especially enjoyed listening to the phones and hearing patients talk about their experience in the hospital. Overall, it was a great experience for me.
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