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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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  • In itself interesting historical place where the visitor a picture of how the Psychiatry used to work/or didn't work. Interesting are the testing, with which you can test yourself by computer. What's missing in the museum is a true leitmotif. There is really everything. But I had found it instructive to get a better view of the history of Psychiatry. The interface between deviation or genius, etc. you see instruments, isolate areas, equipment, collections, etc. a tour is possible but remains superficial and what is politically colored. All in all: well worth the trouble, but there should be much more out of it. There is a museum café.
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  • On the basis of the (unfortunately no longer matches the exhibition) German booklet, visit somewhat through purely Dutch texts. Nonetheless, not a clear abstraction picture comes together. In addition to the helpless experimenting some character of the treatment of mental illness, little is conveyed. There, more systematic psychological approaches are known already from the knowledge. So anyone who seeks only a purely historical representation, is right here.
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  • 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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  • 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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