The Museum and Exhibit serve to educate the public about the history of mental health care and to contribute to the de-stigmatization of mental illness.
The Museum includes an exhibit of the original architectural drawings by the noted architect Calvert Vaux which spans the corridors of the first floor of the Central Building. Pictures of the various buildings erected on the campus over the years line the walls outside the Museum. Furniture which belonged to founder Moses Sheppard is displayed, and sound sticks simulate the voices of Moses Sheppard, Dorothea Dix and early doctors at the hospital. A video shows how architecture and environment contributed to the healing of patients. Enoch Pratt, a major benefactor, is featured along with pictures and artifacts depicting the early years at Sheppard Pratt. Special attention is given to programs such as the founding of Occupational Therapy and Psychiatric Nursing Education which were, at one time, unique to Sheppard Pratt.
A panel presentation on the lower level of the Central Building highlights the beginning of the moral and humane treatment of the insane put forward by Phillipe Pinel in France and continued with the Quaker Retreat in England. There is a chronological outline of the evolution of psychiatric care in the United States.
Thursdays 9:30-1:30 or by appointment (443-286-5626)
25 people maximum
By appointment 443-286-5626