Destitute Destinations: Oregon State Hospital and Museum

 

The Destitute Diva is back again, but this time I’m travelling to unique and fun destinations in Oregon for cheap. Welcome to the first installment of Destitute Destinations, a series based on the advice column I started in fall 2018, where I gave advice on how to survive and succeed as a low-income college student. Destitute Destinations is the same but made for low-income college students who can’t afford
a trip to Disneyland or Europe or wherever you’re interested in going – but everyone is deserving of a good time and a vacation.
We are kicking off this series at the Oregon State Hospital and Museum located in Salem, Oregon. The OSH is one of three hospitals in the United States that is also a museum and has been visited by students and people all over the world, like celebrity Michael Douglas – who donates to the museum yearly according to one volunteer at the museum. From admittance statistics, to lobotomy tables, to an homage to the novel and film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the museum and memorial is sure to give chills and an insight on the sanitariums past. The price to walk through this bit of history? $7. They recently changed the price on February 1. But for $7, you get 2 hours of educational entertainment. If you can’t afford the 7 dollar entry fee the memorial right around the corner is free. This memorial holds the memory of more than 25,000 patients of the hospital – many of them have been unclaimed and some
of them aren’t even part of the hospital, but locals and prisoners. Check it out!

1 Comment

  1. Kathryn Dysart on February 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    The Oregon State Hospital is a state-run secure psychiatric hospital. The OSH Museum of Mental Health is a completely different entity and is operated by a non-profit corporation on the grounds of the State Hospital. The Memorial, which houses the cremated remains of fewer than 2000 former patients, is operated by the Hospital, not the Museum. The ashes are in ceramic canisters in the memorial wall and are no longer in the copper canisters that are displayed.