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"Suffered As Women Do": Gender and Treatment in U.S. Asylums

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“Suffered as Women Do”: Gender and Treatment in U.S. Asylums explores women’s experiences in 19th and 20th century asylums and state hospitals. Drawing on reports prepared annually by administrators and first-person narratives of women’s lived experiences, this exhibit reveals the ways in which gender played a role in mental health institutions, including diagnoses, treatment, and daily life.

Curated by Lacy Nicholas, a Museums & Archives Studies Certificate student at The University of Akron.

Museum Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed

Please note that the Cummings Center closes for all major holidays.

Admission (includes entry to the Institute for Human Science and Culture galleries)

  • $10 - Adults
  • $5 - College ID & Children (under 18)
  • $20 - Family
  • $5/person - Groups of 10+
  • $3/person - Museums for All program (click for details)
  • Free - University of Akron students, staff, & faculty (with valid ID)
  • Free - with a military ID card or veteran ID card