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Public Hospital Museum

325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757 229 1000
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Ranked #22 of 53 attractions in Williamsburg
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The first mental institution in North America.
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Dayton, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Pros; has air conditioning. Clean. Cons; tiny, not many exhibits, was a long walk to the hospital and walked through the building under 15 minutes. Not very exciting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was informative but very short. Its a 15 minute self guided tour at the maximum. Do not make a special trip just to go see it. Big disappointment.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

As a healthcare worker, the attraction was very interesting to me. It is really more of an exhibit rather than a whole museum. It shows how far the treatment of mental illness has come. It may not be for everyone as the uses of some of the artifacts shown were unpleasant.

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Los Angeles
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A good, if brief, look at how the mentally ill were treated in the region in the past few hundred years. Engaging.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Hard to believe this is considered a museum on its own. It's three small rooms in the art museum, one of which consists of a diorama of a mattress on the floor in a whitewashed room. Doesn't in any way live up to the rest of Williamsburg.

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Philadelphia, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

So much to see in this beautiful museum! A tip is plan to spend the better part of the day there as there is much to see. There is a cafe which closes at 4, so plan accordingly. Not the best place for little ones as it's all looking and no touching, but adults will love the variety of exhibits.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Very depressing to see how the mentally ill were treated at that time (e.g., chains in the rooms), however, equally sobering to realize that the hospital was the first to humanely treat the patients and it was at the forefront of the treatment of the mentally ill.

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New Providence, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Very interesting, not a lot to see but what is there is great, opens 10 am, leads into the museum which is great. The admission is included in your colonial williamsburg ticket.

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Lusby, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Looked here and website and no hours listed. Called number got recording. I'm driving from 4 hrs away so that is necessary info that should be easy to find.

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Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Interesting but very small. Located at the end of Colonial Williamsburg nearest Merchant Square. It is also the entrance to the art museum.

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