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Public Hospital Museum

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325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
+1 757-229-1000
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The first mental institution in North America.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mental health” (65 reviews)
“small exhibit” (19 reviews)
“insane asylum” (11 reviews)
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325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
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+1 757-229-1000
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"mental health"
in 65 reviews
"small exhibit"
in 19 reviews
"insane asylum"
in 11 reviews
"colonial williamsburg"
in 57 reviews
"doll houses"
in 7 reviews
"colonial times"
in 21 reviews
"folk art"
in 18 reviews
"interesting artifacts"
in 5 reviews
"musical instruments"
in 7 reviews
"on display"
in 8 reviews
"rainy day"
in 6 reviews
"patients"
in 47 reviews
"inmates"
in 5 reviews
"illnesses"
in 5 reviews
"history"
in 82 reviews
"furniture"
in 24 reviews
"firearms"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the waiters at Kings tavern pointed this place out as a must see. We stopped in and were blown away! Not only was the hospital portion interesting and beautiful, the downstairs cavern of antiquities was outstanding! The furnishing collection and firearms were something...More

Thank Wallace F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See how the treatment of mental health changes over time.Eat lunch in the attached museum ,nice lunch is served here.

Thank Y921XVwilliamh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neat to see just how far we have come. This is a nice yet small but free museum in colonial Williamsburg with an art museum downstairs (which you have to pay for.)

1  Thank Jordan R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My grandson was drawn back repeatedly to this display. I don't know how much of it he understood, but he was interested anyway.

Thank sbemley
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

A very nice museum with some very interesting stories about when it was one of the first psychiatric facilities.

Thank Lee H
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

Very Interesting. We were intrigued by the restored first mental hospital and also impressed by the massive museum that is not readily visible from above ground. A must see.

Thank allenheadrick
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

The "hospital" is just a couple of rooms in a small wing off to the left. The real gem of this building is the museum downstairs. It's huge...spend a lot of time in there. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Goldfinch2324
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Well worth a visit to understand what was (or not) available by way of assistance for folks in the 18th century. Thanks goodness we are in the 21st!

Thank EJISK
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

A very interesting insane museum in addition to an art museum section with children activities available. Auditorium has ample seating for daily programs/shows/presentations which are usually no charge but may have to have a ticket required. Helpful staff and includes a small cafe. Gift shop...More

1  Thank N2220FQjoanc
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

This is one amazing museum!! There are displays and diary entries of this mental hospital ward that help you understand the history of mental health treatment. Scary!! We've come along ways!!

Thank phosford
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aliciafurrow
December 9, 2017|
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Response from Mgwlkr | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You have yo buy tickets at the visitor center. I think it was $15 each for adults
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Jackie C
March 24, 2016|
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Response from gil101 | Reviewed this property |
Hi... Cost for going into the Hospital is included in your Colonial Williamsburg ticket and hours are the same as well. FYI...the Hospital is a short visit, but it also the entrance to the Decorative Art Museum that you... More
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Kirahar
June 22, 2015|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can walk around alone. It an atraction you do on your own time. We bought a 2-day pass cause there is so much too see. Some of the buildings are guided tours and you do have to have the pass.
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