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Hook's American Drugstore Museum

Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
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Ranked #52 of 85 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Shopping
Description: This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American drugstore, is set to re-open in 2002.
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English first
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Don't miss this museum if you go to the IN fairgrounds. Old displays, a soda shoppe and candy---adults and kids will love it.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Went to my prom with John Hook, never used any other drugstore either, until it was sold. Will never call a drugstore anything but "Hook's." It was a major part of my whole life. Thanks for saving the soda fountain!

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Fishers, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stop in every year during the Indiana State Fair to have a soda from the authentic old-time soda fountain and shop for the kind of old-time candy you can't even find at Cracker Barrel. During the fair, it's a nice respite from the crowds. We grab our drinks and head for the room in the far back corner, with... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

A fun Museum to go back to the days when everyone moved a little slower and technology was just the ringing of the bell on the door! Penny candy isn't just a penny anymore, but its a great place to reminisce about the good old days.

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Greenwood, Indiana
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I grew up going to Hook's Drugs so this brought back fond memories for me. Fun to see the old soda fountain and all the old pharmacy equipment. If you like history this is a good place to hear the staff tell you about the old time pharmacy that was a major part of Indiana history.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We are relatively new to Indiana (11 years) but I discovered this on our first trip to the State Fair. Take time to stop and visit this odd little museum and read a few labels; some of what is in here I remember as a child, some just scares me! :-) This is a HUGE collection of drug store paraphenalia,... More

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Anderson, Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

This place is like walking back in history to and old time pharmacy and soda fountain. It is so interesting to see the old pharmacy equipment and tools. Plus, I had a chocolate soda.....mmmmm.

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Plano, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

I emailed to make sure they were open, the president of the organization emailed back and said yes they were open. Got to the Fairgrounds and paid $5 to get in, drove to Hook's and it was closed. I emailed the president back and asked if it would be open soon. She replied that I should have called. What a... More

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Carmel, Indiana, USA
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

we go every year that we go to the State Fair. Every year we learn somethign new. the prices are surprisingly good (you can buy candy, etc, there) and the staff are surprisingly knowledable.

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Jamestown, Indiana
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

It was a good time to step back in history. I'm 60 years old and we had a drug store/soda shop in my small town when I was growing up, nice to remember

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