01 January 20, 2017

New Exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center

01, 20, 17|Announcements, Events, History|0 Comments

One of the ways we are able to educate the community about the history of mental health care in Oregon is through outreach to other cultural institutions. For the past several years, we have participated [...]

01 January 9, 2017

New Year, New Updates to the Museum

01, 09, 17|Announcements, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The start of the new year is often a time for the start of new projects. For 2017, we are embarking on a project that will help us better understand what our visitors would like to [...]

11 November 1, 2016

New Speaker Series at the Museum

11, 01, 16|Announcements, Events, History, Museum, Oregon's Mental Health History, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Beginning on Sunday, November 13, the Museum will start hosting a monthly Speaker Series to highlight topics ranging from the Hospital's history to emerging mental health research. These offerings will be a the Museum from [...]

05 May 13, 2016

New Exhibit Explores Fire at OSH

05, 13, 16|Announcements, Artifacts, History, Museum|0 Comments

The Museum opened its latest exhibition Fire! at OSH in our rotating exhibit gallery today and will be on display until May 2017. Featuring objects from the Museum's collection, Fire! highlights fire prevention and fire [...]

09 September 30, 2013

Delving into Fairview

09, 30, 13|Announcements, Fairview|0 Comments

The museum is very pleased to be working with an intern this fall who will be researching and compiling information on the Fairview Training Center in preparation for a future exhibit.  As part of their [...]

06 June 3, 2013

Dr. Brooks Tribute in New York Times

06, 03, 13|Announcements, In the News|0 Comments

This is the New York Times article announcing the death of Dr. Dean K. Brooks, former superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital and great friend of the OSH Museum.  Original article: Dean Brooks, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Doctor, Dies at 96 MGM, via Photofest Dr. Dean Brooks, left, and Jack Nicholson in a scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” By MARGALIT FOX Published: May 31, 2013 Dr. Dean Brooks, the superintendent of the Oregon psychiatric hospital where the Oscar-winning picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shot — and who had a small, well-received on-screen role as the fictional hospital’s superintendent — died on Thursday at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 96. His daughter Dennie Brooks confirmed the death. The superintendent of Oregon State Hospital in Salem from 1955 to 1981, Dr. Brooks was known in his field as an innovator. His approach, unusual for its day, included letting patients wear their own clothes rather than hospital uniforms and taking them on therapeutic trips into the wilderness. Dr. Brooks became known to a wide public in the mid-1970s, after he agreed to let the director Milos Forman film “Cuckoo’s Nest” on location at the hospital, a Victorian behemoth that opened in 1883. In the movie, released in 1975 and based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, Dr. Brooks portrayed Dr. Spivey, the well-meaning but weak-willed psychiatrist who directs the mental hospital in which the dystopian drama unfolds. […]

05 May 30, 2013

In Memorium: Dr. Dean K. Brooks

05, 30, 13|Announcements, People, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Dean K. Brooks, former superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital and champion of the Oregon State Hospital Museum, passed away this morning at age 96.  [...]

09 September 20, 2012

Library of Dust Documentary

09, 20, 12|Announcements, History|1 Comment

Preview Library of Dust, a new documentary by filmmaker Robert James. About the Documentary While touring the Oregon State Hospital a legislator and a team of journalists happen upon a shed-like structure. Inside, they [...]

09 September 17, 2012

QR Codes

09, 17, 12|Announcements|0 Comments

Not enough time to listen to all the QR code features in the exhibits during your visit?  Access them all right here. Videos 1964 Description of life on Ward 36 as published in the April [...]

05 May 9, 2012

Help Us Envision the New Museum

05, 09, 12|Announcements, Museum|0 Comments

The Board of Directors of the Oregon State Hospital Museum will be meeting to talk about the future of the museum in the coming weeks. Help us understand what you would like to see as part of the museum by filling out this survey.  (click on the “read more” link to take the survey). […]