If they close Dorothea Dix Hospital it should be reopened as a living history museum like Cades Cove www.cadescove.org, and Hale Farm & Village www.halefarm.org at which public tours would be given through the wards to give the sightseers a glimpse as to what it was like living in a mental hospital in the olden days. If Dorothea Dix Hospital becomes a museum it may be an affiliate with the Smithsonian Institution. By operating Dorothea Dix Hospital as a museum a visitor center complete with gift shop, snack bar and a history museum orientation area would be included.
I'd rather see Dorothea Dix Hospital be maintained as a living history museum offering tours through it's psychiatric wards giving visitors a glimpse as to what life was like in a mental hospital in the olden days. It should include a visitors' center with a gift shop and an admissions window and a snack bar and a museum orientation room.
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