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Colonial Williamsburg Admission
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“mental health”(64 reviews)
“small exhibit”(18 reviews)
“insane asylum”(12 reviews)
The first mental institution in North America.
325 W Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4103
+1 757-229-1000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 13, 2007

My wife and I visited this when we were at Colonial Williamsburg. To tour this is to appreciate the history of the the treatment of mental illness. When you walk in there are displays showing how the evolution of the treatment of mental illness. It...More

5  Thank bwco
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 13, 2012

My family and I who was visiting Williamsburg thought that it would be very cool to tour the Public Hospital. Very disappointing there are a total of 3 rooms to visit, the rest of the hospital consists of two different art museums which we were...More

3  Thank KarenMc529
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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.

Thank emilymototr
Reviewed 5 days 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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Thank keith193
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

This is the entry into the two art/folk museums and takes just a few minutes to walk through. The subject matter is difficult but something we should all know about. The few artifacts/exhibits are well done and convey the information in a respectful way.

Thank SuziQinTexas
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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
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
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.