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Colonial Williamsburg Admission with Historical Reenactments
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Colonial Williamsburg Admission with Historical Reenactments
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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 1 week ago

The exhibit about the public mental health system is NOT TO MISS. So fascinating and sad. Because they have recreated rooms and you can hear the stories of inmates, it was very engaging for the kids. We were in a time crunch and skipped most...More

Thank Steffanie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't know what to expect, certainly learned a lot about the harsh conditions during that time and the injustices suffered.

Thank Alberta S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As someone who works in a hospital, places like this have always been interesting to me. This was a very neat historical hospital to see and walk through / tour. Well worth a visit while in Williamsburg. Experience various parts of history including medical history....More

Thank jwmcrazynurse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I could easily have spent my whole day at Colonial Williamsburg in this building. I have a huge interest in early medical/mental health history and this place painted a wonderful, albeit grim, picture of 18th and 19th Century practices. Plus, the vast art museum in...More

Thank MadelineW18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is very hard to find because it is located within an art museum. My daughter was very interested in this and it was the main reason for our stop in Williamsburg on the way to Hampton. The museum is very small. The information...More

Thank drstaceyb
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

The museum was small but provided an in depth look at life in an asylum in the 1700 and 1800’s. Many items on display told a vivid story.

Thank Traveler P
Reviewed August 8, 2018

The strides made in the treatment of those mentally ill is starkly evident here! Cannot imagine what a horror it was to be committed several hundred years ago.

Thank r0bertv1
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in and enjoyed our tour of one of the first mental institutions. See the timeline of different beliefs regarding the care and custody of the mentally ill during Colonial Williamsburg. Wonderful artifacts to see. They have two different rooms to view, an early...More

Thank Bob G
Reviewed July 31, 2018

As others have indicated, the display is a small wing to the left as you enter. The self guided tour doesn't take long. We were asked to store our backpack and umbrellas in nearby lockers, although that was more for the patrons entering the museum...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed July 24, 2018

We were after the strange and odd attractions on this trip - so - the first ever mental institution in the colonies seemed like a natural choice, right? We weren't disappointed, even though we had anticipated a creepy abandoned and maybe even haunted old site...More

Thank Anne R
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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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