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Woodbridge Museum

In 1841, the Insane Hospital was the earliest establishment for the mentally-ill in Singapore. With a humble 30-bed setup, the hospital was located at the junction of Bras Basah Road and Bencoolen Street. As the hospital evolved and occupied 145 hectares of land, the word ‘insane’ was avoided and the place was renamed as The Mental Hospital in 1928. The Hospital was even used during World War II as the Japanese Civilian and Military Hospital.

In 1951 the hospital was again renamed but this time, it was named after a wooden bridge across Seletar River and the name ‘Woodbridge Hospital’ even after it moved to its current premises at Buangkok View. However, the name Institute of Mental Health (IMH) was added to reflect the emphasis on training, research and public education. IMH remains Singapore’s only and largest acute psychiatric institution.

The Woodbridge Museum was established in 1993 and went through a recent revamp in 2006. This museum aims to promote deeper understanding of the scientific limitations and conditions we faced in the past and having moved from custodial management to therapeutic care in community-based settings, the artifacts remind us of our roots and heritage, past aspects of hospital life and mental health services. The artifacts displayed are some of the items that were used in the old Woodbridge Hospital and all of which, are donated.


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Woodbridge Museum                                                    
  
Buangkok Green Medical Park                               

10 Buangkok View

Singapore 539747

Tel: 6389 2000

Email: enquiry@imh.com.sg

www.imh.com.sg



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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:

9.00am – 5.30pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Admission Charges

Free

Large groups may call the hospital in

advance for a guided tour

Getting There

MRT:

Buangkok

Bus:

43, 88, 101, 109, 156, 159, 161, 325