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Central State Hospital Museum

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Address: 620 Broad St, Milledgeville, GA 31062-7525
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+1 478-445-4878

Established in 1842 as the Georgia Lunatic Asylum, this facility treated...

Established in 1842 as the Georgia Lunatic Asylum, this facility treated patients suffering from mental illness, epilepsy and tuberculosis. Today, the fully accredited hospital occupies approximately 100 buildings on 1700 acres. Museum by appointment only.

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Unexpected find!

Wow! This institution was fascinating and somewhat creepy! There are several buildings, some have windows you can peer inside and see how old and worn-out it is;and there is a... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Sheila R
Plant City
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South Carolina
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Yes, it is somewhat spooky looking and very sad at the same time. We did not find a lot of informational signs, and wish there was more posted about the history of the hospital. I did some research online and was fascinated by what I did find. Ironically even though most of the buildings are in disrepair, the grounds were... More 

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Plant City
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Wow! This institution was fascinating and somewhat creepy! There are several buildings, some have windows you can peer inside and see how old and worn-out it is;and there is a Pecan grove at its center. Down the road is an old prison-also abandoned-and a cemetery.

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Marietta, GA
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Spooky to think that people stayed in this large empty facility. It looks a though they just up and left since 1974. There are no trespassing signs posted ten feet in front of the buildings as the grounds and buildings have been designated as unsafe. There is a brief history posted in front of each building. They wind blows through... More 

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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

There are many buildings in this abandoned hospital and prison area. They are all fascinating to look at. There are security driving around everywhere and signs that unfortunately state no trespassing. I would have loved to get a better look inside these buildings. You can get inside the main building but only in the lobby. I thought it was still... More 

Thank RamonaL34
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Neat old buildings. I pulled into the road that goes around the brown buildings, got out, and snapped pictures. Signs said no tresspqssing, the grounds and buildings weren't safe. Fine, but roads weren't blocked off. I drove to the white hospital parking lot, stepped out to take a picture, and I got royally chewed out by a bf security guard.... More 

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Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Will go back when I have more time. It is truly like driving through a ghost town. The facility is 2000 acres and the buildings are beautiful, I can only imagine how they looked when new. The buildings are haunting and as you look in the windows you expect to see someone looking back. Many things ran through my mind,... More 

Thank BillerinCO
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

Not at all what I expected. Your GPS drives you up to 620 Broad St, and basically dumps you off in a HUGE deserted town! Feels like a college campus that was abandoned when everyone went to lunch and never came back. Haunting and sad, the history was so bad, mental health used to be so misunderstood, along with the... More 

Thank MichiganHotelstayer
Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

In December, 1842, the first patient arrived at Milledgeville's Georgia Lunatic Asylum. Early patients were treated to such enlightened innovations as abolishment of chain and rope restraints. By the 1960's, the hospital was the largest mental hospital in the world. It held up to 13,000 patients. Food was prepared in the largest kitchen in the world, serving 52,000 meals a... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

This place is HUGE! I would of loved to tour the buildings themselves, but they are off limits. This place was a basically it's own city. They had all they needed to be self sufficient. Now most of it is abandoned. I got a very eerie feeling wondering around the property, but at the same time I was in awe... More 

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Salt Lake, Utah
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

As my sis and I grew up in Ga in the 50's and 60's this was a place you heard about. I had never visited Milledgeville so we decided to take a drive through the grounds. It is very hard to realize that we used to lock away so many of our citizens with mental health issues in places such... More 

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