• For families and visitors

    Eastern State Hosptial - Visiting Room 

    Eastern State Hospital welcome visits by patients’ family and friends. Family includes anyone important to the patient, such as spouses, same-sex partners, family members and friends. Patients have the right to say whom they want or don’t want to visit them in the hospital, and may change their mind at any time.

    Visitors age 18 and older are allowed after patients have been in the hospital for 24 hours.

    Visitation is held in the dining room of each patient care unit. Visitors sign in at the Welcome Desk and get a visitors badge. Any items brought to patients by visitors must first be checked by staff to make sure they are safe to have. Food or drink may be brought in for patients, but they must consume it before going back to their room.

    Visitors will not be permitted to bring purses and other personal belongings into Eastern State Hospital. Visitors will be asked to empty their pockets and leave their belongings either in their vehicles or locked in secure lockers that will be provided.

    Download our handbook for patients and visitors (PDF, 614 KB) »

  • Visiting hours

    Tuesdays: 6:30-8 p.m.

    Thursdays: 6:30-8 p.m.

    Saturdays: 1-4 p.m.

    Sundays: 1-4 p.m.

    Please check with the Welcome Desk for holiday hours.

  • Prohibited items

    The following items may not be brought in by visitors:

    • Purses
    • Chewing gum
    • Open drink containers, cans or glass bottles (only factory-sealed plastic bottles are permitted)
    • Cups with lids and straws
    • Cell phones
    • Cameras or other recording devices
    • Plastic bags
    • Lighters
    • Matches
    • Over-the-counter medications
    • Prescription medications
    • Illicit drugs
    • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes
    • Chewing tobacco, dip, snuff
    • Firearms or any type of weapon
    • Knives
    • Sharp objects, including pens & pencils
    • Any type of aerosol container
    • Alcohol or products containing alcohol
    • Perfume/cologne
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Lip balm
    • Any other potentially dangerous materials