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. Use our Haarlem online trip builder to arrange your visit to Het Dolhuys and other attractions in Haarlem.
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  • It was our featured: a collection of old buildings where the leper and later also the crazies of Haarlem were locked. What do you mean by that? In a nice Setup, we walked by the developments in psychiatry. Many concepts were explained in a few words and made a little clearer with examples. The tests that you can do yourself are very enlightening (!) The special exhibition about a photography topic was wasted on me.
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  • Definitely a lovely place to sit down and enjoy inside or outside patio, good range of wines and craft beer selection and home made pie! Which were really good! Too bad that the cheese platter was mad...  more »
  • Considering I itself in the mental health work, it is interesting to see what is now Dutch history in this area. Explanation of the building itself but also the exhibitions are very instructive. Also nice that you own psychological testing may decrease and the like. By the variation and inter-active-ness of the exhibition (and) it is interesting for everyone. Nice that they highlight that the labels that we often are not on other paste. And have lunch in the museum café is definitely recommended
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  • Love the idea that the restaurant is partly run by people with a certain disability wanting to get back to work. The whole warm atmosphere I felt in the museum and the restaurant was that we should avoid the prejudice against mental illnesses. Everyone should visit. It is difficult to explain :)
  • Interesting and the best terras in Haarlem
  • Nice and interesting museum but it's a pity all explanations and guides are only available in Dutch..
  • Great short overview concerning 'sane or insane'? Loved it.
  • 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.

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