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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 »
  • 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 »
  • My grandson of 12 and myself spent two hours following the very interesting revelations of the development and understanding of psychiatric illnesses in all its forms. The diversity of approach in sho...  more »
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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.