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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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Great museum, just wish there was more

I love the displays and information for the museum. I just wish there was a bit more information about it, but maybe this is all they have. It was a long time ago and perhaps I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Washington, DC
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Prestbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Hampton, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

It is a really interesting museum in Colonial Williamsburg in the same building at Dewitt Wallace. It is fascinating with a focus on authenticity. It is small and doesn't take long to see but really worth it.

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new jersey
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140 reviews 140 reviews
25 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This mental hospital was actually decades and in some states centuries ahead of the rest of the young nation in mental health care. Attached to the museum it is must see.

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Rockledge, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This place showed how mentally ill people were treated in the past and how treatment changed over time. The building was stark and you felt sorry for the patients. The displays were not beautiful like the art museums but were informative.

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I am a nurse, and my sister is a pharmacist - we were looking forward to visiting the Public Hospital. Maybe we should have researched it before, because we did not realize it was a mental hospital. It was good enough for what it was, just not what we hoped to see. We did not visit the rest of the... More 

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Ocean, New Jersey, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
35 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This exhibit is actually the entryway for the Art Museum. I actually didn't even know it was there until we walked in and were told it was there. The hospital was actually a mental hospital. There were 3 rooms set up and an audio recording. It was very interesting and I wish there was more to it.

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Washington, DC
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love the displays and information for the museum. I just wish there was a bit more information about it, but maybe this is all they have. It was a long time ago and perhaps I am just being greedy, since there is so much information about the rest of the places in Colonial Williamsburg. The displays of how the... More 

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Salt_Lake
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I learned a lot by visiting this museum. If your interested in war history this is worth a stop. There is a lot of history in this area and this place included things I was unaware of used to treat/ignore mental illness.

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Floyd, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had no idea that we'd be interested in seeing a hospital museum, but were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon while we on our way to the art museum. The displays and exhibits were very informative and unique and each of us learned so many things about how we handled the sick and dying in Colonial America. Parts of... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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