Psychiatry museum in Västervik
The Psykiatriska Museet is located on the grounds of a former psychiatric clinic in Gertrudsvik, the northernmost district of Västervik and provides a good insight into the formerly hidden world of clinical psychiatric care.
The Psykiatriska Museet tells the story of the large psychiatric clinic Sankta Gertruds Sjukhus, which existed from 1912 until the end of the 1990s. A clinic that was like a largely self-sufficient community within the city, where patients worked in the context of occupational therapies in their own agriculture, workshops and shops.
Numerous exhibits, documents and photographs report on everyday life and treatment methods over the course of time, as well as on the lives of patients and caregivers in the clinic, who at peak times cared for up to 1,400 patients.
Exhibition on two floors
On the first floor of the museum, which can also be accessed via a small elevator, there are the exhibits showing the treatment and care of the time and the departments that were important to the functioning of the clinic. These include exhibits from the machinery department, workshops, bakery, agriculture and livestock, as well as the kitchen, laundry, church and cemetery.
The second floor is accessible only by stairs and shows a former patient room and a living room of the nursing staff. Several showcases contain trophies won by the sports club of the clinic in many competitions, and a small screening room shows a documentary about life in the clinic.
As pictures and documents of former patients are shown in the museum, photography and filming within the museum is prohibited. The entrance fee can be paid only in cash, card payments are not possible.
Psykiatriska Museet: Opening hours & admission
Thursday: 13:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 13:00 – 17:00
Last update: 07/2019 | Errors and omissions excepted.