The Moisio Hospital Museum

The Museum provides a diverse and interesting point of view about the history of psychiatric treatment and the special community of Moisio Hospital. Psychiatric hospitals were closed off and separated from the rest of society for a long time. Both patients and staff lived on the hospital grounds, where outsiders had no business being. Just by existing, the Moisio Hospital Museum already reveals something about the transformation of hospital institutions: this museum, which is open to the public, is located on hospital grounds.

The exhibition talks about psychiatric treatment and its methods as well as about life in the hospital community. The exhibition rooms have been decorated to reflect patient rooms, nurse work areas and treatment rooms, and the canteen, too. Many handicrafts made by the patients are on display. Work was used as a form of treatment. The handicrafts and furniture created at the hospital was sold and the proceeds helped the hospital financially, as well.