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Het Dolhuys is housed in the former ‘Dolhuys’ from 1320. It is the national museum of psychiatry. The museum illustrates how insane people were treated in the Netherlands throug the centuries. Het Dolhuys is about experiences. It is not about the collection of objects, but about opinions and experiences. The main point the museum wants to make is that the boundary between normal and insane can be very thin. Important are the authentic 16th century ‘dolcellen’, cells for insane people.

Alternative name:

nl Dolhuys – Museum voor de geest

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Museum van de Geest
Schotersingel 2
2021 GE Haarlem

Museum type(s)

Specialized & Alternative History & Anthropology


Profession & Craft

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm


Holidays: 12 noon – 5 pm
Closed on: 1 January, 27 April and 27 December

More opening hours


0 - 12 Free
13 and over €5.00
Museumkaart Valid
Friends of the museum Free
Groups of 8+ Free


Surcharge temporary exhibitions: € 1.50.

More admission


  • Coffee

  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Parking


Schotersingel 2, Haarlem, The Netherlands




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Museum van de Geest has 3 ratings.

Monday, April 3, 2017 Apr 3, 2017

A nice museum on the development and understanding of psychiatric illnesses and exploring the grey area between madness and sanity. An interesting, thought provoking and special museum. Well worth a visit!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015 Oct 15, 2015

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