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Colonial Williamsburg Admission
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“mental health”(69 reviews)
“small exhibit”(20 reviews)
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The first mental institution in North America.
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325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank the2ofusagain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank emilymototr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank We-R-Voyagers
Reviewed October 9, 2018

It is one wing of the building and not the entire building, but they pack a lot of information in that one hallway. Displays of what the cells looked like and the tools used.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jenn P
Reviewed October 9, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mario M
Reviewed October 6, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cfuller603
Reviewed October 4, 2018

We did the tour of the hospital, and our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She also gave a little info on the other two art museums. Enjoyed it a lot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deborah J B
Reviewed October 3, 2018

This multi-story experience is noteworthy in several regards. While not generally advertised, it also has a nice cafe and free storage lockers by the side handicapped entrance. The displays and experiences are world class. If available check out the musician who plays the Ben Franklin...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Howard Bud D
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Wife and I went in and were truly impressed with this old mental hospital. That part was fascinating but they had a large number of exhibits from colonial fire arms to China and silver highlight was luckily catching the performance of only 1of 5 people...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank duffer47
Reviewed October 1, 2018

If you need to get out of the sun, you can stop in the art museum and see this attraction about how treated mentally ill patients. The whole thing should take you less than a half hour.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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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Grace G
Katy, Texas
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|
Response fromthesnowman|
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.
Lauren R
Virginia
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|
Response fromPfadfinder|
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?