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“Very interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Indiana Medical History Museum

Indiana Medical History Museum
3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
317 635 7329
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Ranked #17 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Indy
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5 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

This is a fun thing to see. Lots of creepy history and the guide we had was very nice and well informed. It is a small building and get cramped at times. And if you are not fully entranced with medical history, it cold get boring. I was a little disappointed that they did not talk a little about the haunted history of the place. They said they want to stay away from that subject.

It is also a little off the beaten path and could be difficult to find if you are not from Indy.

Overall, would rate this as something to see.

Visited May 2011
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

Very historic, and interesting! Someplace you want to go to get a good feel on psychiatric and experimental evolution from the victorian era to the mid 1900's. The tour lasted about an hour. It was $5 for adults, and $1 or $2 dollars for children 18 and under. Our guide was very helpful, and eager to answer any questions. Will definitely go back again.

Visited June 2011
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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“Some Fascinating Things in there!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

We tend to gravitate towards the offbeat, and found it here! A former pathology research and teaching facility that was on the Indiana Clinical Hospital site (the state insane asylum, basically) - this place is frozen in time. While our guide was friendly and knowledgable about the Museum, our group included a physician from Russia, so we got a little more info about the research procedures and equipment. The anatomy room was a little ghoulish with the samples in jars (!), but this was quite a forward facility for its time.
You will think you are lost in an older neighborhood, but keep an eye out for the signs on the road - worth the stop.

Visited April 2011
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Indianapolis, IN
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“If you like offbeat museums, this place is for you...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

From the minute you sit in the turn of the century (that's 19th-20th!) lecture amphitheater, you'll feel transported back in time. The stories you'll hear remind us that at one time all those who were significantly physically or mentally disabled ended up in an institution. Sometimes families dropped off their child with a mental disability or seizure disorder and seldom or never returned.

But these facilities, archaic as they are, helped turn mental disabilities into real science. Undoubtedly the work here eventually enlightened physicians and scientists as they continued to correlate physical post-mortem findings of the brain with the pathology that had been seen in the living patient prior to death.

Recommended.

Visited December 2010
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Evansville, Indiana
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“Soooo interesting.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

If you are interested in history, medicine, or just kind of ghoulish, you'll like this place. It's just like the patients walked out the day before you walked in. The garden with medicinal plants was fascinating. It's kind of a pain to find, and it's not open a lot of hours, but it's more than worth the effort.

Visited March 2010
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