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Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
317 635 7329
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Ranked #21 of 82 attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The museum represents the beginning of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine while the building itself is the oldest surviving pathology facility... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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Brough, United Kingdom
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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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Pataskala, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were visiting family in Indianapolis and I came upon this museum on trip advisor. They have lived there 10 years and had never heard of it, but were willing to try it out. My husband and I are both science geeks. This was one of the best museums I have been to in a long time. They have brains... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is an obscure museum that many Indy residents don't even know about, but we've traveled all over the country and this place is a gem! A docent takes you on a guided tour, 1- 1 1/2 hours. Don't be afraid to ask a couple of questions, they're full of fascinating little stories and tidbits that aren't part of their... More

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Cary, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is a jewel of an unusual museum little known by many but very deserving of a look by those interested in the mental health field. My tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, well-versed about the interesting exhibits and she passed along many human interest stories about the researchers and scientists who had worked and studied there in an era past.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you are interested at all in medical history this is a must visit. The amphitheater classroom used to observe surgeries is intact. There is a collection of preserved human organs including brains, lungs etc. from people of all ages. The guides know their business, and even though it sounds a little 'macabre', it allows one to understand what and... More

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carmel,Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Very educational visit here to this historical medical museum built in 1895 specializing in helping the mentally insane. We saw a pathology lab with iron lung, a lot of brain specimens preserved under glass, learned a lot about the history of medicine.This lovely building is located on the dilapidated grounds, where the Central Indiana Hospital for the insane used to... More

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Madison, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

It was more then I expected. The tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgable. She would point out small details that could have been over looked. Very interesting how doctors didn't know what mental illness they were dealing with but studied each person after they passed to find a way to help. The tour takes about an hour. It... More

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