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Public Hospital of 1773 Tours

Public Hospital of 1773
See the country’s first hospital devoted to the care of the mentally ill, and learn about the treatment of mental illness in early American history at the Public Hospital of 1773. The building is located in the Colonial Williamsburg living history area, and features exhibition cells, galleries, and artifacts.
The Basics

The hospital was first founded in 1773 and reopened as a museum in 1985. There are six exhibition cells on the first floor of the east wing, set up to show the types of treatments used over the years. Additional galleries and artifacts illustrate the history of the hospital and the practices of 18th and 19th century medicine. Guided tours, available twice a week, offer additional insights.
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to the Public Hospital of 1773 is included as part of your Colonial Williamsburg ticket.
  • Guided tours are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am and last for about an hour.
  • The topics and displays of the museum may not be suitable for young children.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There

The museum is located south of Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. The shuttle bus stops just outside. There’s also an underground concourse that leads to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.
When to Get There
The Public Hospital Museum is open daily from morning until evening. Since it’s open later than many of the other attractions on the Colonial Williamsburg tour, it makes sense to save the museum for the end of the circuit.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

It's easy to visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, which includes the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, as it's located in the same building as the Public Hospital of 1773. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s holdings include more than 70,000 antiques and works of art, 15,000 architectural elements, and 20 million archaeological artifacts, including clothing, instruments, toys, furniture, and paintings.
Address: 105 S Nassau St, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185, USA
Admission: Varies
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