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Indiana Medical History Museum

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Address: 3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222-4943
Phone Number: +1 317-635-7329
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Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The museum represents the beginning of scientific psychiatry and modern...

The museum represents the beginning of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine while the building itself is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places.The museum is open to the public Thurs-Sat from 10am to 4pm. Tours take place every half hour, with the last tour beginning at 3pm. Groups of 10 or more may be scheduled in advance for Wednesday or for regular operating hours.Admission: Adults $5, University Students $3, Children under 18 $1. The museum is unable to accept credit cards.

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Absolutely Fascinating

A great, unique, and quirky museum. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable, there are so many interesting and well-preserved artifacts, and the building itself is fascinating. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great, unique, and quirky museum. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable, there are so many interesting and well-preserved artifacts, and the building itself is fascinating. I am a nurse so I was particularly interested in what the museum had to offer, but my husband enjoyed it just as much as I did. There are very few museums that specialize... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time we have visited this museum. Several years ago we took our two grandsons and everyone thought it was great. This past weekend we took a a couple of out-of-town friends...they were amazed. We actually joined the middle of one tour and completed the second with a different guide. The first was a retired nurse and... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner & I were very excited to visit the museum. It is $10 per person, cash or check. The tour (which you must take, no walking around on your own) starts every hour on the hour- hours are on the website. We toured the pathology building from Central State Home for the Insane & Sick- it is the only... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We spent an hour touring the Indiana Medical History Museum. The tour guide was very informative. The tours are only given on the hour and we went on Thursday. We toured the medicinal garden while we were waiting until 11:00a. We arrive at 10:15a and had to wait. The library was very interesting, the rooms where experiments happened, and seeing... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We went to see this place and its kinda hard to find ! Sign is across the street and small ! It is really interesting with lots of cool things to see ! We all had a great time ! It isn't a very long visit so may want to have something else In The area to do along with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I found the medical museum because I would see the signs for it and curiosity got the best of me. I am so happy it did! The place is so interesting and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. They explain everything so well that makes it easier to understand. People who enjoy history will enjoy this and you don't have... More 

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Thank Shirley M
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've lived in Indy for 45 years, and didn't know this place was here until recently. It is a real treasure and worth a visit. The artifacts on display are amazing, and I enjoy the 'old skool' equipment and look of the place. The tour guides are wonderful.

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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is by far the most unique museum which we have ever visited. According to our guide, the building was closed on a Friday back in the 60's as a lab. And on Monday, they opened as a museum. Everything, in the labs, morgue, and classroom are just where they were originally left. If you like science or just interested... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Great $10 tour. First see the medicinal garden which is very pretty to stroll thru. Learn what all these plants were used for back in time. We had a great tour guide who was very informative about the different rooms. The tour covers the main floor. Enjoyed sitting in the gallery of the operating theater and imagining what it was... More 

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Aurora, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

The tour of this little museum was excellently conducted by Emily. The museum is in an old pathology lab that was part of Central State hospital. It is like walking in to a time capsule because almost everything in it is original to 1896 or the 1920s upgrade. Learn about the history of an important research lab as well as... More 

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