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Public Hospital Museum

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Address: 325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
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The first mental institution in North America.

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The Public Hospital and Museum is a must see for any tourist and/or local resident. The museum is constantly changing its displays. Much history can be gathered regarding the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
eileenshafer
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Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Public Hospital and Museum is a must see for any tourist and/or local resident. The museum is constantly changing its displays. Much history can be gathered regarding the first public mental hospital in the US. Upper level houses the historic hospital. Lower level houses galleries filled with 18th century relics. Lower level also has a very nice gift shop... More 

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ocean city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a well done museum that scary when you think and see how people were treated back in those times.. The rest of the museum was very nice and they had a nice little cafe for sandwiches and drinks..overall a good experience..

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cincinnati, ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you think medical science today is draconian, stop in here for a quick look and you'll change your mind totally. What displays mental health treatment 300 years ago brings into focus where we stand today. Once you've traveled throughout the hospital take the stairs down into the museums for a view of 2 totally unique collections of Americana.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We expected a whole museum that was a former Public Hospital. This is actually an exhibition within the larger museum. On one side of the exhibition, there are several "cells" that were created to mimic the living environment of the mentally ill throughout history. The other side contains information and artifacts. You have to pay to access the rest of... More 

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Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard seeing how we once treated the mentally ill, but it's part of the process and the trip through this small museum shows you how far we have come. Part of the Colonial Williamsburg ticket. You go from this building into the museums.

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You walk in to where the Hospital was and then Wow, so much to see, bring your reading glasses this is a Musem. Very happy we didn't miss this landmark.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small part of the larger Rockefeller Art Museum but a necessary side visit within the same building. Didn't know the depth of the mental state in the 18th Century. Great.

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Little Mountain, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great museum showing life in the Colonial Days with regard to a mental health facility. Also has a museum of art for those who enjoy the fine arts. And for those enjoy the art of firearms your in luck as there is a large display for the firearms of the period. There is also a nice cafeteria for those... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes it is very interesting for what little is there. I came with the expectation of a fully restored hospital of the colonial times, but saw 2 rooms describing the treatment of the time. One with the equipment of the time, the other a mock up of a patient's cell. Very similar to exhibits that I have seen of early... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

This is an excellent museum and I recommend everyone see it while you are in Williamsburg. There were many objects from the 18th century, furniture, dishes, silver items which were breathtakingly beautiful, quilts, etc. We were in the museum over three hours and still had not seen it all. It was very interesting!

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