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Public Hospital Museum

Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
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Ranked #19 of 37 Attractions in Williamsburg
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The first mental institution in North America.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The first mental institution in North America.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The self guided tour showing the history of mental health care from colonial times to the present was informative and well presented. The staff at the front desk was very helpful with any questions we had.

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RESTON
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Lots to see and learn. Sort of scary to learn about how insane asylums were run back in the day. Very knowledgeable staff.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The public hospital museum is definitely worth a stop. Small and compact, the displays give a concise history of how the mentally ill were treated in colonial times. Suitable for older children. It's also in a convenient location on the way into the Aldrich Art Museum (which is a real treasure).

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was one of our stops, and for as small as it is, the facility was very nicely put together. You can easily go through it in about 15 minutes.

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Newark, Delaware
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This museum sits at the entrance of other two museums and is more like a small, three roomed exhibit. There isn't much here, but it is nice how they have it set up (like rooms from different time periods) and the artifacts that are displayed were interesting.

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Conway, South Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is included in the Colonial Williamsburg Annual pass as well as other passes they offer. The museum is small but for the space they that have exhibits in they are well place and very interesting this building also serves as the entrance to the DeWitt museum.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The hospital museum is fairly small, but its interesting. They have a few rooms showing living conditions of the time for the patients, and a display of period treatments. Recommended while in Colonial Williamsburg as it is a fairly quick visit.

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Parkton, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This exhibit is just outside the main Colonial Williamsburg area. It haas two patient rooms, one as it would have appeared in the 1770s and one as it would have appeared in the 1800s after "moral treatment" had been introduced. There was another area which had a timeline for early psychiatric institutional treatment. You could see the chains of the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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138 reviews 138 reviews
27 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

A small wing of a museum with lots of information packed in. Interesting documentation and correspondence about the patients and administrators throughout history. Worth about 30 minutes of time.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There are many objects to view to include the old cells/rooms used to house and treat the ill. Also downstairs are artifacts to include a large display of colonial weapons, early bibles, dolls, etc. a small cafeteria is present and a gift shop.

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