The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental HealthThe Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health was founded in 1862, but the building was built in 1883 in the style of the Kirkbride plan. The hospital building was registered in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Interesting Facts

Oregon State Hospital has the next features:

  • The hospital building is one of the oldest in the city of Salem;
  • This is the oldest psychiatric hospital on the American West Coast, operating since the mid-19th century;
  • The world-famous Oscar-winning film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed at the Oregon State Hospital in 1975;
  • The hospital was originally called the Oregon Hospital for the Insane.

Hospital renovation

At the beginning of this century, the public drew attention to the deplorable state of some departments, including gerontological and medical. The scandal erupted after the publication of an article about 4 thousand urns of cremated remains of former patients, which were found in an abandoned wing of the basement of the hospital.

After reconstruction and renovation, which was carried out from 2007 to 2013, the hospital received new modern buildings, some of the old buildings were demolished, and the central historical part of the Kirkbride-style building was updated.

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2600 Center St NE, Salem, OR