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Address: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone Number: 317-924-1503
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Description: This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American...
This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American drugstore, is set to re-open in 2002.
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Fun to walk through!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2013
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Noblesville, Indiana
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We come in here during State Fair time. It's located near the South Entrance. We usually go back memory lane looking at the old time candy. I like to read about how Hook's drug store started on the Southeast side of Indianapolis. It's really nice on hot fair days to get a cold phosphate and set in the back air... More 

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Lancaster, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I enjoyed the museum and spent some time looking through all the antiques. But not before I enjoyed an ice cream cone and delicious ice cream float. What a great place!

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USA-NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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
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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
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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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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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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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