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Indiana Medical History Museum

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Address: 3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Phone Number: 317 635 7329
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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Mental Health Care in Early 20th Century

This was a fun and interesting museum. What it lacked in depth it made up for in authenticity as an example of public health facilities of the early 20th Century. 45 minute... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was a fun and interesting museum. What it lacked in depth it made up for in authenticity as an example of public health facilities of the early 20th Century. 45 minute tours begin on the hour, so it's a 1 hour stop. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have visited here a couple of times and always learn or seeing something new. This museum gives a great history of pathology, psychiatry and general medical history form the late 1800's through the 1960's. Located on the old campus of the Central State Insane Asylum, so there is a lot of history there for treatment of the mentally ill.... More 

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Speedway, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I had been wanting to go for a long time and finally had free time. It's a bit out of the way on the former State Hospital campus; most of the buildings have been demolished. Because it is on the site of the former mental institution, it covers a lot of psychiatry/neurology. But it is a great overview of what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Im a nurse, so I had to check this place out during our last trip to Indi. It was a bit hard to find but well worth the time. We went on the garden tour first which I found to be really interesting. The woman who guided it was very knowledgeable. The museum itself is so neat. There is just... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum is located on the site of an old insane asylum. It is the old pathology laboratory building. It was considered "state of the art" in its time. I especially enjoyed the old chemistry and microbiology labs, pathology teaching amphitheater, autopsy room and specimens of brains and other organs. The docent providing the tour was very knowledgeable and friendly.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I came upon the medical museum and was very surprised. The tours were wonderful and so many well preserved artifacts. They should let the public be aware of this. A lot of people I have talked to didn't even know such a place existed.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I had been interested in the history of Central State Asylum for years and came across the IMHM and originally wanted to go because it was on Central State grounds. It was one of the most interesting places ive been. One of the best tours ive had! I have been back several times!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Some time ago I was asked to give a talk at this museum and after living in Indianapolis my entire life I'd not only never been there but had never heard of it! Anyway it's a fascinating place that among other things offers a recreation of a 19th/ early 20th century medical school lecture hall. The docents were charming and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Family on a visit from the UK. What an amazing place. Even if your not in the medical profession (we aren't) this is a must see whilst in Indi. We did the tour with some nursing students so also got to see the demi heads which are locked away in a cupboard. Tour takes less than a couple of hours... More 

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This apparently is a place not a lot of people - even residents of Indianapolis have heard of. But if you have any interest at all in science you have to see this. It was one of the only remaining buildings from a facility for the mentally handicapped. When these types of facilities were decommissioned in the 70's most of... More 

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