The Haunted Glore Psychiatric Museum is here! It's educational and its haunted! We have exclusive overnight access to this very haunted location,
including access to the very foreboding underground tunnel that now connects into the prison as well as the grave yard which is still on site.
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You will also have access to the museum to participate in your own history and walk around and this is included in the price. Access is available from 10am until 5pm. Last entry is at 3:30pm. You will then return at 8:15pm for the overnight Ghost Hunt.
The Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri satisfies the intriguing lure of the Lunatic Asylums of the 19th and 20th Century. Listed as one of the top 50 unique museums in the world and one of the most haunted locations in Missouri, the museum is housed in the state’s former lunatic asylum where the patients still linger in the shadows!
The hauntings that have been documented and experienced in the museum started long before the St. Joseph’s State Hospital closed its doors and converted the corridors for educational purposes. With macabre devices and haunted objects on display, there is no doubt that the spirits are still lingering and just waiting to share their stories with you! Paranormal investigators from around the globe have flocked to the location to document the evolutionary history of mental illness treatment and communicate with those who were victims to their barbaric practices!
The facility opened in 1872 as the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2. Over the course of 127 years they expanded from 275 to 3,000 beds. The thousands of patients ranged from those who were diagnosed as criminally insane to those who were able to receive rehabilitating treatment and be reintegrated into society. Among those were the few unfortunate souls who were committed by their families because they “…had become lazy with [their] housework.”
All of the patients were submitted to state-of-the-art mental illness treatments that were considered helpful at the time but in retrospect we realize that some of these so-called treatments were often the cause and not the cure for insanity. Centrifuge therapy (spinning a patient in a device at high speeds), hydrotherapy (from ice baths that could last for days to scalding patients), cages used to contain patients until they “calmed down,” lobotomies, shock therapy, fever therapy (elevating body temperatures to abnormal levels, often used to treat syphilis which was rampant at the facility), tranquilizer chairs (strapping patients to a chair for weeks at a time using bloodletting with leaches and knives), and several other treatments that horrify our modern minds were all used at St. Joseph’s State Hospital.
The horrifying cures obviously left a terrified mark on the building, but other contributing factors may have led to the hauntings of the corridors. Many of the patients that were housed at the asylum never had visitors because their families simply abandoned them after they were committed. In the early years the graves of the patients were unmarked before they were simply engraved with an identifying number. Does the lack of acknowledgement in their final resting place leave the spirits feeling as unwanted in death as they felt in life?
Around the time George Glore started the display of historical artifacts in the evolution of mental illness treatments in 1967, St. Joseph’s State Hospital began to earn its reputation for being haunted. The staff would see shadow figures and apparitions roaming the hallways and always felt as if they were being watched. There was one patient who was known for her interaction with the “spirits” of the institution—she created art, wrote poems and songs detailing her experience with the paranormal activity.
If you’re investigating the morgue, watch for the full-bodied apparition of a man. He’s often been seen around the elevators and several investigators have caught an EVP (electronic voice phenomena) of a male voice screaming “GET OUT!” Disembodied whispering is often reported as well as a female voice calling out your name when no one else is around! Moaning, whimpering, crying—it’s easy to imagine that the sounds are patients still looking for someone who wants to be their friend.
The only question that remains—are you brave enough to undergo a lone vigil in the underground tunnels?