This Creepy Asylum Near Portland Is Still Standing… And Still Disturbing

If you want to do something a bit off the beaten path this weekend, how about take a walk through Oregon history at the Oregon State Hospital’s Museum of Mental Health. Situated in the still-standing building of the original mental hospital, touring the hospital provides both an interesting look at the people once housed here, as well as many of the near-insane ways they have been treated over the years. Built in 1883, this hospital has a lot of stories to tell, and thankfully, you can visit and learn all about them in this creepy building rich with history.

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The Oregon State Hospital Museum for Mental Health is located at 2600 Center Street in Salem, and is a great place to visit for anyone interested in Oregon history or mental health.