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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

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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Great find in Indianapolis! Definitely worth visiting!

This museum is so neat! It is housed in the original building where doctors and medical students learned anatomy and pathology through autopsy. You get to sit in the actual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is so neat! It is housed in the original building where doctors and medical students learned anatomy and pathology through autopsy. You get to sit in the actual autopsy theater, not a recreation of one. Our tour guide explained how when the building shut down, the doctors just left and locked the doors, so everything left behind is... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I really do love the knowledgeable tour guides - and you really get a slice of history for only the $10.00 entry fee. Call ahead and check the hours, to make sure they're open - the tour times are on the hour, but limited. I recommend smaller groups for the best effect, but they had several guides on hand to... More 

Thank Rhonda B
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Interesting for those in the medical field. If you are interested in historical and medical history of the country this is the place to start.

Thank cassie r
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've never visited here before, either, and I came there on a day off. My tour guide was a retired OB/GYN and was very informative. The auditorium was especially a walk into history.

Thank targetlady85
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 553 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

this is a small place that packs a lot of info into it. some great original items on display. unique place that is a good museum to experience

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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I have lived in Indy 15 years and had never seen this place. Some friends really liked it so we went out on a Friday afternoon. This facility and the old Central State hospital which surrounded it did a lot of good psychiatry research in the early part of the 20th Century before Central State was eventually demolished. Our tour... More 

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Little Falls, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Walking into the building is like stepping into the past. Full of original furnishings, this is where research was done to improve treatment of mental health conditions. Sitting in the theater room was like being in the photographs Of early medical facilities. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

This was a very informative for $10 it was a wealth of medical history. Very interesting. You will learn how this location played a huge roll in medical history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It a unique place. It was the pathology building for Central State Hospital which was the first state psychiatric hospital in Indiana. When it closed, someone more or less locked the door of the pathology building and it stayed that way until it was turned into a museum. The original cabinets, tools, lab equipment, etc. is all still there. You... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I, along with a group of retired doctors, visited the Indiana Medical History Museum recently. We were fortunate enough to have one member of our group be a docent at the museum and conduct the tour. Yeah, I may be bias by the above...I'm interested in the history of the place and the many items they have on display. The... More 

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