656616 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA90028
This is going to be an unbiased and unexaggerated review. I went in looking for fallacies, biases and verifiable data. Pros: They present many intellectually honest criticisms against 'psychiatric thinking' and the psychiatric industry's abusive past (and present). Cons: They equally present many intellectually dishonest criticisms and push more for a scare than for an understanding of epistemological, deontological and ontological errors responsible for the poor thinking and management of the psychiatric system. Yes, the museum is supported by the Church of Scientology (more of a funding and alignment thing), but it is also supported by the legacy of psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, who (along with many other disenfranchised psychiatrists and psychologists) had later studied sociology and cognitive bias mitigation and seen the errors in the psychiatric process. Please feel free to ignore the pompous reviews where people claim to be authoritaties ("I took a class in psychology!") and make bold dishonest assertions (The American Psychiatric Association's current statement is the Mental Disorders can not be proven with the scientific method, so the "ipse dixit" reviews of "very real!!!!" on here are plainly dishonest). I have no association with the Church of Scientology, directly or indirectly, and I have never met a Scientologist.
Stumbled upon this... "museum" that advertises its free admission, and since I had some time to kill, I decided to go inside and check it out. Upon entry the "museums" quickly projects an eerie and unsettling ambience through sound effects and shocking imagery, which had really intrigued me further to look into the rest of contents. The first couple of minutes were fine and interesting as all it started off talking about is the beginnings of psychiatry, which like most pre-modern medicine, is tragically wrong and ridiculous. I had no problem with that since it had some educational value and the exhibits were meticulously made and well designed. And as you progress through the museum, it starts talking about how psychiatry was the culprit for the Holocaust and was responsible for terrorism. That was when it started to lose credibility, especially as it tries to paint such a broad and absolute picture of psychiatry being the principal of all evils with lots of misinformation and false claims in addition to the blatant cherry-picking of footages and "evidence". That was the point at which I started doing some independent research on the organization, and found out that it has been a beneficiary of the Church of Scientology - the critic and skeptic in me at that point had completely discredited the "museum" and stopped taking anything in there seriously. The fact that such an exhibition calls itself a museum when it doesn't even make an attempt to hide its very obvious agendas was a bit of shame (then again, you wouldn't expect a free "museum" to have high quality exhibits without any external sponsorship). Overall, this is not a place one would go to for accurate information, though the staff were nice and there were some interesting facts.
This place has a little Baloney in the Ww2 section.... BUT the rest is awsome filled with great info about Evil medical system in USA
Extremely biased and very creepy. Almost cringey at times. Ran by Scientologist so it makes sense now. Go in and take a look but they will hound you for donations.
I studied Psychology in undergrad and can confirm that a lot of the "facts" presented here were false. They were not based in truth, science, or evidence, and the purpose of the museum seemed to be purely to disprove the existence of very real illnesses and disorders that have impacted the lives of many, like ADD/ ADHD. Museums like these only contribute to the stigmatization of mental illness which has been enough of a problem for people all over the world, especially in countries where mental illness is even more stigmatized than in the US. Visit the place if you are looking for something quirky and creepy, but also do your own research and learn more about the work that psychiatrists and psychologists do to help millions of people. This is a very conspiracy theory-ish museum and they were very pushy to us about donating money to the museum, saying that "you look rich" and displaying irritation and anger when we said we were busy and had to leave soon.
Do not come here unless you have an open mind. People have such bad reviews for this place and I don't understand why. You can literally do your own research and find this information in books, online research etc. This is also FREE and they don't hassle you for donations or anything like that. The people here are very friendly and their only purpose is to educate. I came with 2 doctor friends of mine and they confirmed a lot of the more recent medicine problems that they see today in hospitals. A lot of the stuff in the beginning of the museum is race driven and shows how people of different races were basically used for experiments and what types of experiments they did. I don't really see where this is 'biased' like other Yelp reviews suggest because this is our racist history mixed with the experiments that were performed in early years. I don't recommend kids coming to this because I think it could be scary and the videos show needles behind eyes and brain poking and torture. So it's not really family friendly. I do however think it's great to see the medical world in a different light and to educate yourself about mental health and the types of medicines and non medicinal treatments out in the world currently.
There aren't many museums which could save your life by going through them but this is one that by gaining this knowledge available here definitly could. Psychiatrists have succeeded in drugging millions of Americans with their phoney voted on mental illnesses many of them children. I was astounded that over a million children under 5 years old here in America are on their drugs. When you see the information here about their brutal history and find out the they still do ECT (electro cunvulsive therapy) running up to 460 volts of electricity through people's brains at many hospitals you realize they are as brutal as they've ever been right now in the present. This "treatment" causes permanent brain damage. Just for fun ask a psychiatrist what medical tests does he do to show which chemicals are out of ballance? You'll get a deer in the headlights look that would have you rolling on the floor laughing if they weren't killing people with their lies and sham profession.
This place is funded by Scientology and it is their drivel. Psychiatry and modern medicine in general may not be perfect but this is a completely unscientific attack.
This is a scientology propaganda "donate to us" all medications are "bad" Museum. Not really a museum
So we got there 10 minutes to closing and the young lady was very nice to let us it I'm glad that she did because it was very informative and I definitely will be back to tour and it's whole entire tea the information that I received was very informative and I will be in support of mental health rights
These days, taking a girl out on a date to see a movie will cost you an arm and a leg! That's why I always bring all my dates to the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum. They've got a bunch of areas with video screens so it's like taking your date to ten movies! Bring a blanket and some wine and cheese and have a picnic outside in the parking lot, nothing could be more romantic! And the best part is...it's free! You can impress your beloved beyond belief without breaking the bank! Who could ask for anything more? One day, if I ever find the right one, I'm going to propose to her in the School Shootings section...oops, I hope she's not reading this, don't want to spoil the surprise!
I don't feel like this is a place you would go to if you're truly interested in learning about psychiatry... Everything here is presented from a biased perspective, and is only loosely factual. I came here with a few friends, and it lived up to my expectations: a woman who worked here kept checking in on us, every tragedy in the world was attributed to psychaitry (the holocaust, 9/11, columbine), and most of the information was a collection of skewed "facts." Did you know segregation was a byproduct of psychaitry?! I didn't, but now I do. Enter at your own risk, but know this isn't a place to go if you're looking for a factual museum outing.
I love this place, I've been here more then a few times. It does put a lot of things into perspective. I have brought other people and they enjoyed it. I would come back. The staff is friendly the only thing is the parking lot is small and it's on a busy street when turning into the place.
Weird and kind of cultish. We saw the sign and free admission. My daughter is interested in psychiatry so we stopped. Weird and disturbing. Not quite sure the point but I would defiantly avoid. Seems to be slanted to one perspective and very cultish.
Let's see, how can I put this delicately....? This place is pure lunacy, with equal parts of pseudoscience and extreme paranoia thrown in for good measure. After finding out this joint was funded by the Church of Scientology (and having to endure a Scientology sales pitch during my visit), I can't say that this was a conclusion I was surprised to arrive at. However, the apparent lengths this particular cult will go to push it's nonsensical agenda would make even politicians seem rational The exhibits here follow a textbook and all too familiar narrative that is popular among loons, conspiracy theorists, etc. Namely, cherry picking data, emphasizing anomalies and anecdotes, drawing unsupported conclusions, suppression of inconvenient facts and just flat out lies and deceptions when all else fails. This "museum" goes far beyond a mere lack of critical thinking ability and instead rises to the level of willful ignorance. Much of the information presented here might actually be funny if the potential for harsh consequences was removed from the equation. By that I mean what if someone buys into this sophistry and does not seek treatment for mental health issues? It is this potential to do harm which I find particularly distasteful. To those that might stumble upon this place and want to visit? Don't. Skip this "museum", your brain will thank you later. To the raving lunatic Scientologists who advocate for this little bastion of nonsense? Ironically enough, I think you might need to seek out the care of a qualified mental health professional.
Came here today for a field trip with my class. Last time I was here it was a few years back and I must say, this time was much more pleasant. Our wonderful tour guide was Ashley and she's extremely knowledgable. Definitely made it a wonderful experience for our class. At this museum, they cover the history of psychiatry and where it all began as well as what's happening present day. Such an educational experience indeed. I'm not going to go into too much detail because I suggest you come and experience it yourself :) Admission is free and they have a small lot for parking.
I went into this museum because my friend invited me along with her class. The way the place is set up is a little disturbing just because you feel like you're actually in the shoes of the people who are treated with mental illness. The exhibits are very informative and although I disagreed with minor things presented during the tour, it was all an eye opener. I think the most interesting thing was the DSM books
This place was a very informative and interesting place. It has factual information throughout the tour and is very high quality in design and presentation. I don't know why this place is so poorly rated???????? Just because it was founded by Scientology does not change the negative impact that our Healthcare industry has caused and is causing!!!!! "It's not the color of the glass that matters, it's the color of the water".
It was my second time coming here. Took my boyfriend to let him experience this very educational and enlightening museum. First cool thing is that it's free with free parking! Whole museum is interesting and even interactive. There are videos through out the halls. The museum is meant to give people the history and the horrors of psychiatric methods and how it affects people. We really enjoyed it would definitely recommend it.
This museum is sponsored by the Christian Science Church although that is not made known until the end if you look closely at the literature available. Regardless, I enjoy this Museum because it makes you think. It is very graphic at times but information is extremely well displayed and Very interesting. I don't agree with the way they attempt to present information in a way that suits their agenda but I still consider it one of the best museums I've toured.
An Industry of Death Museum
by Dylan J. Ward
Located inside the international headquarters of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in the heart of Hollywood resides an admission-free, powerful journey through the evil soul of psychiatry’s dark past that provides a jolt to the senses almost too incredible to believe. Yet it is all true.
A tour of the state-of-the-art facility, situated adjacent the world headquarters of sponsor organization Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), supplies a bracing history lesson.
Opened in December 2005, the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum is dedicated to exposing “an industry driven entirely by profit” whose purported therapeutic benefits have “often resulted in death.” The museum aims not only to educate and inform but to bring “practical guidance for lawmakers, doctors, human rights advocates and private citizens to take action in their own sphere and thereby force psychiatry to account for its crimes and abuses.”
Rare photos and artifacts, documentary films and multimedia exhibits construct a vivid account of criminal abuse and human suffering.
At once fascinating and troubling, it teaches that the majority of the most destructive and diabolical events perpetrated over the past few centuries trace in some way to psychiatry. And there are revelations: among them that the Father of America, George Washington, was killed by a bloodletting technique suggested by psychiatry pioneer Benjamin Rush.
There are also graphic displays of psychosurgery, forced restraints, and sadistic psychiatric treatments such as high-voltage electroshock and frontal and ice pick lobotomy. Also on display are implements designed to treat mental illness in the 1800s and 1900s, including straitjackets and contortion-inducing iron and steel cages—well, they boggle the mind.
Perhaps most unsettling is the Holocaust exhibit, documenting psychiatry’s role in Hitler’s rise to power and in fueling Nazi euthanasia programs that involved the extermination of some 300,000 people labeled mentally ill. The exhibit lays out the “psychiatric movement that would cause the deaths of millions,” in cringe-worthy detail, such as how German psychologists of that era conducted their work in behavior modification in the same fashion as animal training.
Another exhibit examines the ways psychiatry has exploited terrorist attacks, including 9/11. Below a giant photo of the exploding Twin Towers, a caption explains, “Within days of the 9/11 attacks, psychiatrists were predicting that as many as 30 percent of people initially affected by the attacks would develop ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ and demanded $3 billion in funding to deliver treatments. Antidepressant sales in New York soared immediately afterward.”
The museum tragically illustrates how drug overdoses and suicides, which CCHR posits are exacerbated or generated by psychiatric drugs, prematurely extinguished some of Hollywood’s brightest lights, including Kurt Cobain (prescribed Ritalin), Marilyn Monroe (succumbed to an overdose of sleeping pills after meeting with a psychiatrist), and numerous others.
The rash of school shootings is another area of the human tragedy fueled by psychiatry, according to information presented in the museum. Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris, for example, was under the influence of the antidepressant Luvox at the time of the 1999 massacre in Colorado. It turns out that mind-altering meds are a common thread in many other instances of school gun-related violence.
Sections of the museum also expose the involvement of individual psychiatrists in rape, torture, child molestation and other crimes. Case after case presented raises the question of whether the treatment for mental illness doesn’t often prove more destructive than the malady itself, and suggests that behind a façade of respectability lurk predators in white coats.
Thanks to the rarity and wide variety of information provided, the museum is a beacon for lawmakers, doctors, human rights advocates, healthcare professionals, students and citizens interested or working in the areas of psychiatric abuses, over-medication, and general mental health. There is hope for the future if people are inspired to turn the psychiatric abuse equation around beginning with themselves and their own lives. And as a definitive resource on historical and contemporary theories and practices, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death already has made a difference.
Located at 6616 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, the museum is open daily: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For a full online 3D tour, visit cchr.org/museum.