St. Joseph Museum

The St. Joseph Museum brings history to life in its six distinct museums, offering something to discover for the history buff in everyone.

A hollow wheel used on patients in the late 18th century on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum at the St. Joseph Museum in St. Joseph, MO
In the late 18th century, German psychiatrist Johann Reil invented a device that was basically a hollow wheel. In theory, using this apparatus would bring about goal-directed behavior in patients.

An all-in-one experience

Visit the St. Joseph Museum complex on Frederick Avenue to see the Glore Psychiatric Museum, Black Archives Museum, Doll Museum and Native American and History Galleries. After exploring the museum complex, head three miles southwest to check out the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, one of many ornate mansions in St. Joseph that illustrate the prosperity of the city’s residents in the late 19th century. Walk through the three-story, 40-room home to see how the mansion has been restored to its Victorian splendor.

An exhibit of 1,446 items removed from a female patient’s stomach during a 1929 surgery on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum at the St. Joseph Museum in St. Joseph, MO
One of the most fascinating exhibits is the result of a 1929 surgery in which 1,446 items were removed from a female patient’s stomach.

So much to explore

The St. Joseph Museum complex offers visitors the opportunity to discover diverse history.

The Glore Psychiatric Museum, established in 1968 as a collection of displays for a St. Joseph State Hospital, gives visitors a life-size visual of what mental health treatment devices looked like in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the accomplishments of St. Joseph’s African American community at the Black Archives Museum. Then, peruse 4,000 American Indian artifacts at the Native American Galleries. View the WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict exhibit in the History Galleries to understand how the war affected the city. And take a step back into childhood at the Doll Museum, where more than 1,500 dolls, toys and dollhouses are on display.

 The Silent Voice exhibit showing how a patient communicated through embroidery on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum at the St. Joseph Museum in St. Joseph, MO
Visitors often stop to read the thoughts of a patient who would only communicate through her embroidery.
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