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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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  • I thought it was something I had to have done, but I had expected more. You may get more information if you are a tour does. I would like to learn more about life in the past. I myself am more of listening to a guide or have a quiet read from a plate. This was actually for me too busy.
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  • A very special experience that has stuck with me for a long time. You feel the past. On all sorts of different ways you can get a good understanding of the treatments in Psychiatry, both of the earlier as now. Beautiful, extraordinary building.
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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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