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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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Entering the Tardis

This is like entering the Tardis! The museum never ends. I could not figure out how it all fitted. Then (it was pointed out) that the old hospital is just a taste and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is like entering the Tardis! The museum never ends. I could not figure out how it all fitted. Then (it was pointed out) that the old hospital is just a taste and the entrance. The museum is underground and behind - thus keeping the ambiance of the old Colonial town. There were all kinds of varied exhibits, every corner... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The current exhibit is about mental health. The exhibit shows what living conditions and treatments were like historically. Be sure to check out the art museum downstairs too!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The Public Hospital has a dark side treating mental illness but it is the opposite site highlighting the intricate period architechture of Colonial Williamsburg which makes it worth the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

the medical museum was very interesting into the thoughts of the Mentally ill in our earliest days. A little scary but kids loved it from the comments around us. It is a preamble for the gem below it...the Art museum.

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tucson,AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

An interesting place if you are curious about medicine in the bad old days. Thankfully, care has improved greatly.

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Was very happy that we decided to tour. We thought that this was going to be just another tour to mark off the Williamsburg map. We really found, not only a look at the hospital, but a museum that is filled with all sorts of fun and educational looks at life, not only for the time period, but a reflection... More 

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Sarasota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I'm glad we didnt skip this because there is lots more to see in this museum other than the Hospital. Its huge.

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Bethlehem, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
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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Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg

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