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Public Hospital Museum

325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 1000
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Ranked #20 of 51 attractions in Williamsburg
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The first mental institution in North America.
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Lusby, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Looked here and website and no hours listed. Called number got recording. I'm driving from 4 hrs away so that is necessary info that should be easy to find.

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Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Interesting but very small. Located at the end of Colonial Williamsburg nearest Merchant Square. It is also the entrance to the art museum.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is a small display of rooms and descriptions of what the treatment of people with mental illness was like. You do not need to spend a long time here but it was interesting.

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ENGLAND
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum was used as a hospital during the civil war,and contains lots of relics and pictures. Ask for a guide to tell of its use during occupation by both sides in war.

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Interesting artifacts and an exceptionally well done museum of mental health treatment in early Virginia. There is a café on the lower level that serves soup, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. We enjoyed it on a very hot day because it was clean and cool inside.

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Marcellus
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We just happened to stumble upon this museum on our way to the larger museum housed beyond this entrance. Having been employed in the mental health field, I found this to be a very interesting display of the history of mental health care in colonial times. The re-create of one of the actual cells used to house a patient added... More

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New London, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Interesting and authentic. Mental health care has come a long way thankfully. Still has a ways to go. Museums were very interesting and well done. Cafe on lower level with reasonable prices.

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Winder, Georgia, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It was scary seeing how many things were still used in hospitals like this in the 1960s. Also interesting to learn how things did progress.

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Vienna
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There's a good exhibit about the evolution of care for mental illnesses. It's easy to understand, and quite sobering. I'm not sure that young children would get much from this, but we were fascinated.

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San Jose, California
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21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Just ok, small exhibit, not a lot of information, but important in its' time. It is a pretty small exhibit next to the folk art museum. Save your precious vacation hours for the arts.

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