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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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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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Unique and Interesting

This is a fascinating, unusual if not slightly creepy little museum. It is off-the-beaten track nestled in what is left of the old grounds of the long-gone Central State Mental... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating, unusual if not slightly creepy little museum. It is off-the-beaten track nestled in what is left of the old grounds of the long-gone Central State Mental Hospital once known locally as “Seven Steeples”. The guides are informative and friendly – the atmosphere evokes a feeling of history with a dash of old hospital creepy. Lots of... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is hidden away and hard to get to. In a small building dating to 1895, it shows what the early School of Medicine looked like 120 years ago. To be honest, I found many of the rooms not particularly interesting, but if you are interested in the history of early medical technology, you should really like this museum.

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Avon, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had a great time here. As a pharmacist and my best friend as a medical student we thoroughly enjoyed our tour here. Definitely worth the price. We spent 2 hours here because we also walked the garden to see where common medications come from. I would not bring children.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I cannot believe that I waited so long to visit this museum and gardens. We went today and took the garden tour first. Our guide also works in the gardens, so she knew a lot about the plants. The medicinal use was discussed. Absolutely fascinating! Then we took the tour of the museum. Was thrilled to find out that Indiana... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

You pay a $10 admission and tours are on the hour. You start in the pathology lab with all the brain specimens and descriptions of maladies. You can take away a facination/fixation on cognitive issues (advanced syphillis, hydrocephaly, etc...) and once you realize this was the old Indiana Home for the Feebleminded you understand why. Patients lived on the grounds... More 

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bloomington,il
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a nice guided tour. The garden is small but interesting. It is definitely not good for children or anyone who can't handle steep stairs. I don't think it was worth 10 dollars a person.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Fascinating information! Good museum for older children and adults though younger kids might be bored. They offer a Scout badge program for those interested in that.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This museum is well worth visiting. Tours include lecture halls, exam rooms, laboratories, places where research took place, etc. Surprisingly lots to see and learn about in a lush Victorian setting. Well worth seeing.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you love history, this is the perfect place for you. This place dates back to the 1800's. The tour is on the hour, reasonably priced, and well worth your time.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The Indiana Medical History Museum sits on the grounds of the old Central State Insane Asylum. It houses samples of oddities that belonged to former patients; brains, bones, hearts, lungs. It's extremely informative, somewhat gruesome, and just a bit sad. This museum also houses original documentation from the Asylum, such as patient logs. A great place that not a lot... More 

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