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Museum Dr. Guislain

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Address: Jozef Guislainstraat 43, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Firstly this visit will take you the best part of a day to see it all properly. A fascinating story of how our society has treated people with mental illness- some of it quite... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly this visit will take you the best part of a day to see it all properly. A fascinating story of how our society has treated people with mental illness- some of it quite chilling! Then there is the art exhibition by artists labelled as mentally ill or with learning difficulties. The current temporary exhibition is how society has dealt... More 

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Plouhinec, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum Dr. Guislain always hosts several exhibitions simultaneously. Their collection of 'medical' equipment from earlier times in psychiatric treatment is permantently on display, as is their collection of 'outsider art' - though I suppose there's some roulation there. I visited the temporary exhibition 'Another world', about the boundaries between fantasy and fiction, and 'Adoption: between adventure and pain'. The latter... More 

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Eeklo, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited this museum several times over the last 20 years and I keep coming back - the quality of the temporary exhibitions is volatile, but this time it was worth it. It seems the exhibition space has also increased, since my last visit. This time we saw 3 temporary exhibitions. To learn more, visit the website of the museum

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Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting with a lot of features and things to see. There is also an exhibition of artworks done by patients which is very worthwhile.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Interesting stuff to see and read on the history of mental illness. Creepy old asylum houses the museum and well worth a visit.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

This was one of the best museums where I have been and won't even call it a museum. The main thing which I liked there was that this was not only an old unimportant museum, but also still working psychiatry hospital where you can see patients walking around and all surrounding by yourself. I really believe thats this helps to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Museum Documenting Early Psychiatry Treatment and Facilities in Ghent, and elsewhere in Belgium. The courtyard and buildings are preserved from their original use as Psych facilities beginning in the early 1800s. Very interesting exhibits, including a lot of great art made by patients of the facility. The adjoining property still houses mental health clinics and residential treatment facilities. A very... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

There are several different bits to the museum, the main section was about the history of psychiatric treatment. There was also an outsider art exhibition (art by people without formal training- some by people with mental health issues) and an art exhibition on the theme of adoption. There was a lot of information to read in English about the different... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Interesting place but will be excellent for any psychiatrist or doctors out there. I liked this place for psychiatry exhibition but didn't proceed to art exhibitions hosted there. I if you have couple of hours to spare then this can be the place.

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

As I have a professional interest in psychiatry, I was obviously interested in visiting this established museum, located within a mainly disused, historical psychiatric hospital. First things first - do not be put off by those who refer to this museum as being 'out of town' and 'not so easy to reach'. Jumping on the tram will get you outside... More 

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