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Het Dolhuys, Haarlem
(3.7/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
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 exhibition is about a particularly relevant topic, and is also very well presented. Very fine museum with a very pleasant cafe/restaurant. We were with the motor-always nice to have a goal to choose the museum map website. This I had coincidentally discovered near Zandvoort and we've definitely been lucky with the content.
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  • The Dolhuys Museum (Dutch for madhouse) is situated in a former lepers and pest house, which later became a psychiatric facility. It’s a thought-provoking place exploring the frontier between sanity a...  more »
  • Interesting museum that gives a good picture of the history of Psychiatry. To serve in a good part of the day.
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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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