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Het Dolhuys, Haarlem

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Challenge the contrasts between sanity and insanity, visitors and inmates, and participants and observers at Het Dolhuys, the national museum of psychiatry. Established in 2005 in an old psychiatric hospital, the museum houses artifacts from seven psychiatric institutions. Items displayed include the belongings of famous patients, treatment methods, and tools. Interactive displays include the ability to listen to patients' oral stories using a stethoscope--putting the visitor in the shoes of doctor or observer. Plan to visit Het Dolhuys and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Haarlem attractions using our Haarlem trip builder.
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  • The Dolhuys used to be a jail/hospital for mentally challenged people. Here one can see the change in perpective on this group of people and therefor the change in treatment. It is really educative bu...  more »
  • Fun with a lot of information about the museum (history of) psychiatry. There are a number of interactive elements, but the vast majority is still information via signs. Nice for an informative afternoon. The exhibition, however, was not so special. What we did notice; the restaurant was very full. This is because the restaurant is open to not only to the museum. As a result, there was little place and it took long before we could order something.
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  • This cafe next to the Museum Dolhuys is a good place to have a coffee even if you did not visit the museum. Nice atmosphere, firendly staff. Unfortunately they close at 17:00.  more »
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  • You better learn some Dutch before you go there - but it's a very unusual (in a good way) experience otherwise
  • An interesting and original museum about psychiatry. Apart from the exposition it was quite interesting to know the history of the place, an old hospital. I was lucky to take a private tour with a friend, guide in the museum, or I would have missed many details, so specially for non-dutch speakers I really recommend a guided tour.
  • Really interesting museum about the history of psychiatry, shocking to see how the cruel mistreatments made in the past.
  • The museum seems to be nice... if you know Dutch! :-( The panels are not translated, as well as texts, or audios, or even the videos (they only have subtitles in Dutch). It's a pity that it's not a little bit more accessible for foreigners, because the stories look interesting.
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