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Our current exhibition

Brilliant Visions: Mescaline, Art, Psychiatry

1 May - 1 September 2019

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Our next upcoming event

Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic

27 July 2019 • 14:00

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Our location

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
Kent BR3 3BX

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems.

Our aim is to make our collections more accessible, and to provide accurate information to help in their interpretation.

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The latest from our blog

Science, Art and Mescaline

Exhibitions

Our volunteer Sophia Gal looks at the impact of the mescaline trials and the surprising influence of art on scientific research.

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Volunteer Interview

Personal accounts

In celebration of Volunteers Week 2019 we spoke to volunteer Cheryl about what it's like to volunteer at the Museum of the Mind.

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Listen: A Self-Help Book? Writing and Reading The Anatomy of Melancholy

Exhibitions, Events, History, Literature

Listen to a recording of Dr Mary Ann Lund's talk on The Anatomy of Melancholy and Robert Burton's use of writing as a form of therapy.

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I have been to a few art museums, but this was by far the best. The paintings and pieces of art were spectacular, and walking around the museum gives you a great insight into mental health.

— Caroline Ross-Biggs

Incredibly thought provoking and provides an idea of how hugely complex treating mental health can be. Definitely worth a visit.

— Emma Westhrop

The talks at the museum are very high quality as are the exhibitions and you will learn lots about the hospitals history, prior patients, art and mental health and much more. I cannot recommend the Museum highly enough.

— happytravels618

The exhibition was incredibly well curated - interesting, diverse and challenging. The art and historical displays were fantastic. Superb volunteers who were really engaging.

— Nick Stephenson

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind promotes understanding of mental illness, its treatment and recovery, through its displays, exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes. Our ambition is to keep access free of charge, and we rely on donations to make this possible.

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