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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!