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Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: 757 229 1000
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The first mental institution in North America.

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Out of all the colonial attractions this by far was the most informative and interesting. It gave a glimpse of how people with mental disorders where treated, housed and cared... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
daxbijou
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Cockeysville, Maryland

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Cockeysville, Maryland
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Out of all the colonial attractions this by far was the most informative and interesting. It gave a glimpse of how people with mental disorders where treated, housed and cared for. The art museum is connected, which is a nice touch.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building houses not just the Public Hospital Museum but also provides access to the other Williamsburg museum collections. The Public Hospital exhibits are on the ground floor...you then take a lift underground and enter two huge galleries of collections that take all day to explore. Good cafe too and good gift shop.

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Washington, Missouri, United States
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This well thought-out museum is full of wonderful things, easily seen and understood displays and a winning Café to round thing out in a good way! (Great soup and cookies!)

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Thank Carolyn W
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Informative and entertaining insights into medical practices (and limitations) of the past. Exhibits display the tools of medicine and practices of some of the now recognized ineffectual practices. It clearly helps one understand how medicine has evolved and how much better it is today. This is a great rainy day activity.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Depressing but apparently realistic reproduction of 18' c insane asylum. We spend much more time in the Art sections of the Museum, also quite good.

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1 Thank D B
Lake Wales, Fl
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

It only takes a few minutes, but this provides insight into the early attempts to treat mental illnesses. Everything is done in very good taste.

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Well designed museum with unusual theme. A look back into the treatment of psychiatric patients in the 18th century

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Small but effective exhibit on the first insane asylum in U.S. -- and easy access into the Museum of Colonial Williamsburg. The sound effect of a jailed, mentally unstable person was eerie.

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Pensacola, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Just like other reviews, it is a small section when you walk in that has a couple of rooms to look at. Your not going here for this museum, it just happens to be something to look at before you go to the Folk Art Museum in the same building. Don't miss it though, it's very interesting.

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Canton,ma
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46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This short self-tour of a mental hospital was interesting> A few "rooms" and some of the paraphernalia used in the 1600s.

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