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Public Hospital Museum

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Address: 325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
Phone Number: 757 229 1000

The first mental institution in North America.

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One of bet collections of American Folk Art and neat stuff.

Great collection of folk art and firearms. They have a Rockefeller collection of folk art that is absolutely first class. The weapons collection was very very good. You go from an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Topeka, Kansas

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great collection of folk art and firearms. They have a Rockefeller collection of folk art that is absolutely first class. The weapons collection was very very good. You go from an insane hospital from one of the best parts of Wiliamsburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Let me begin by saying that I may be biased, as I spent many years in The Public Health Service. So that being said, this is an exhibit that should not be missed. Very small children will not understand, but older children can learn so much about what we did not know and now know about the disease of Mental... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Public Hospital is, in my opinion, among the most interesting locations in Williamsburg. However, the main focus is on the art museum sitting underneath the hospital. That really is a shame. Only three rooms of the hospital itself are open. Two cells are shown off, and the presentation is really amazing. It plays recordings of conversations that would've happened... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here in the evening during the week, and they were not busy. The place was well kept, well "groomed" and looked new, although I know it's not. The course we went on, "Blackbeard's Course" was the more difficult course, and was great fun. There are pirates everywhere and waterfalls, hills, etc. Very well designed. We had a terrific... More 

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Vidor, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If I could only see thing at Colonial Wiilamsburg, this is it. It's an insane asylum first, then a museum with so much beautifully organized and displayed stuff it's mind blowing. Silver, quilts, guns, pottery, art, pianos. Doll houses, and more. And it's air conditioned!

Thank sally8363
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting look at the history of how mental illness was treated. I found it very informative and some what depressing. Great fun that we've made progress but still a long way to go.

Thank Amy K
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This really gives a good look into how mental illness was treated i the past. You hear stories, but you don't really get it until you see the artifacts that were actually used to treat patients back then. The museum is really educational, and I stop in every time I am in Colonial Williamsburg.

Thank Marcie S
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love museums like this one. Really informative, educational, and packed with history. I love weird things that have to do with anything related to the mind and psychology, so this falls under that category. Seeing how those deemed insane lived in a public hospital is just so cool!

Thank Daniella S
Middletown, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised by the size of the museum. From the entrance it looked small. Our journey from the hospital section in the museum, downstairs and into numerous sections filled artifacts from the colonial time up to quilts made from current generations of African-Americans. The staff was helpful but most of the displays were self explanatory. We loved the silverware... More 

Thank Al M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't planning on going to the Museum but wanted to check out a presentation there inspired by Mythbusters. We ended up spending some extra time there and we were so glad we did! It was a wonderful and interesting museum with some great exhibits!

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