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This is a small section of the whole building, ,but very worth seeing. We were fascinated with all the artifacts that they discovered from the burned down building and by the rich history they were able to cultivate in Colonial Williamsburg,.
This hospital exhibit could have been so much more. A little piece on mental health at the time. That's it. Only worth a visit if you have absolutely done everything else you could possibly want to see.
This is an easy stop after a day in Colonial Williamsburg. Parking, shopping and the bus/shuttle stop are all nearby. The Pblic Hospital portion of the museum takes perhaps an hour. There is more downstairs with extensive art and furniture displays. Quite interesting and something...More
Really interesting museum, but it is TINY. Several exhibits and interesting artifacts. Took less than 30 minutes to visit. Art museums are in the same building (attached underground) and also quite interesting.
From the title, one might stay away. But the concierge at a local hotel told us about the large art museums that are accessed through the hospital museum .... and those are definitely well worth looking at: historic and well preserved furniture, art ...and live...More
While visiting this building, I learned that this was the first public hospital to deal with the insane. More of an assylum than a hospital. The rooms looked more like cells. The equipment used by the doctors appeared somewhat medieval. I would hate to be...More
This was the oldest mental hospital in America and the site of many experiments to help the patients. The original idea was that mental illness was self-inflicted and that patients could be persuaded to cure themselves and go home. Only the incurable stayed. Gradually the...More
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
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 could spend most of the day in. It has a cafeteria, but crossing the street to downtown Williamsburg would give you more choices. The Hospital/Museum is a designated stop on the Colonial Williamsburg free shuttle service with admission. Have a wonderful trip!
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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Public Hospital Museum (4 Replies)
I'm 13 and I'm actually pretty interested in the field of medicine. My family and I are going to Williamsburg this week and I was wondering if this museum would be appropriate for my seven year old sister and I.
August 11, 2014|
yes it will be fine for you and you sister. Note that this is a very small museum that mostly servies as the entrance to an underground museum.
Public Hospital Museum (5 Replies)
Hello :) I am currently a history major researching the Public Hospital of Williamsburg (primarily its development from 1773 to the early 1800's). After stumbling across the actual museum in the "Things to Do in Williamsburg", I was wondering if anyone had any admission or hours information. In addition, if anyone has actually been there, what do you think of it as a research tool? Do they have any documents or accounts of people? In my research, i've only been able to obtain newspaper...More
September 20, 2014|
And a brief history of the hospital, which morphed into the current Eastern State Hospital (maybe researching the Eastern State Hosptal would lead to some history of its ancestor). http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~jjwack/history.html Note the bibliography at the paper's end - perhaps helpful?