Public Hospital Museum

Currently Closed
  • Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-7572291000
  • Ticket Price: 41 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, Educational Site, Specialty Museums

The Public Hospital Museum was actually the first mental hospital in North America. It admitted its first patient in 1773. It used to be known as Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds. The idea back then was the mental illness was a disease of the brain and a mentally ill person had chosen to behave that way and was acting irrational. Treating the patients included horrific things like shock water treatment, plunge baths, restraint, burning salves and strong drugs.

  • The building housed 24 cells for the security and isolation of the patients admitted.
  • The hospital reopened as a museum in 1985.
  • It has six exhibition cells in the first floor of the east wing.
  • From the west wing, you reach the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Public Hospital Museum Travel Tips

  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Handicapped parking is also available behind the building.

Entrance Ticket Details For Public Hospital Museum

  • Ages 6-12: $20.49
  • There is no singular ticket to visit the Public Hospital Museum. Your ticket will let you visit the entirety of Colonial Williamsburg.

How to Reach Public Hospital Museum

  • Bus: No 14 stop Parking Lot 5

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  • Public Hospital Museum Address: 325 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States
  • Public Hospital Museum Contact Number: +1-7572291000
  • Public Hospital Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Public Hospital Museum Price: 41 USD
  • Best time to visit Public Hospital Museum(preferred time): 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Public Hospital Museum: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 40.27% of people who visit Williamsburg include Public Hospital Museum in their plan

  • 74.19% of people start their Public Hospital Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Public Hospital Museum

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

58.06% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Public Hospital Museum

People normally club together Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum while planning their visit to Public Hospital Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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