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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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Ocean, New Jersey, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
60 helpful votes 60 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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