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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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An eye opener.

Great museum! Very informative regarding the way individuals with mental health issues were treated back then.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great museum! Very informative regarding the way individuals with mental health issues were treated back then.

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Stillwater NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Hospitals years ago are not what they are today. Wife and i work in a hospital so for us, it was cool to see what hospitals use to treat patients vs today. if this was the first one then at least they even had one. old ways of treating people....wow. it was free for us to go in. if i... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Fascinating, well displayed and well explained artifacts, surroundings for care of the mentally ill in our country's early years.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Not a lot of things there, but still very interesting. I recommend this place for everyone. Also, it is connected to the Art Museum.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The public hospital was only a small part of the exhibits in the building. Interesting timeline of very sad times. The furniture and artifacts throughout the building were fascinating.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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 54 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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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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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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