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Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
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Description: The first mental institution in North America.

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This Is Easy To Miss...But Don't!

Your admission ticket to Colonial Williamsburg will get you into this fascinating museum, as well as the art museum that's attached. The Public Hospital was the first mental... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Your admission ticket to Colonial Williamsburg will get you into this fascinating museum, as well as the art museum that's attached. The Public Hospital was the first mental health institution for colonial-era Virginians with mental disorders. It's a bit of a hike or a bus ride from the main Colonial Williamsburg park but well worth visiting.

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Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The Public Hospital Museum is the front part Of the DeWitt Wallace Museum. It houses an amazing display of items used to treat mental patients in the 1700s. From there we headed to the main parts of the building were we especially enjoyed two additional collections. There was an amazing display of pianos, harpsichords and spinets. Many of them had... More 

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pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is a great place to tour. It opens your eyes to what we have now compared to what we had then. It was also a mental hospital at one time.

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Hudson, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The mental health section is minimal, but the rest of the museum has a lot to offer. Periodic furnishings in every room. I enjoyed the miniatures from the doll houses. The staff takes great care in placement of each item presented, and there is a cafe if you get hungry before you finish your viewing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

What an incredible place to visit if you are in the are you must stop in I learned a lot great history. The place opens at 10 but we went across the street to look at the animals

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is easy to miss while touring Colonial Williamsburg. A great exhibit showing how mentally ill were treated (or not treated) during the colonial era. It won't take you long to view the exhibits but it's well worth the trip.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This museum shows how the mentally ill were treated in the 18th century. Very informative, though somewhat frightening. Don't miss the art museum in the same building. Free with your Colonial Williamsburg pass.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This was a nice little museum, it's pretty small but very informative. It's interesting to think how mentally impaired people were looked upon a that time. Thank goodness for the doctors that came along and actually cared about trying to help these people. Definitely worth the visit, will probably only take about 30 minutes of your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This museum was very interesting, but also exceptionally frightening. It's amazing the advances that medicine has made in just the last 100 or even 50 years. I think this is a good museum and even necessary so we don't forget and make the same mistakes, but be careful taking children to this museum as well.

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Prestbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Located in the old hospital in Colonial Williamsburg this is a museum within a living museum. Good folk art exhibits as well as silver and guns and fine china. Some costume exhibits too - lots to see, well displayed and notated. Good museum shop and excellent cafe.

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Address: Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg

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