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Hook's American Drugstore Museum

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Address: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone Number: 317-924-1503
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This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American drugstore,...

This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American drugstore, is set to re-open in 2002.

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Best Chocolate Sodas Ever!

As one of the best places to get a hand dipped ice cream soda, it is worth the trip. Check for hours as they are not always open. Sodas come with a souvenir glass too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2016
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Whiteland, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum is one of a kind.in Indiana. Hooks was one of the first drugstores in Indiana & was here almost 100 yrs. This Drugstore was moved to the State Fair Grounds, so it wouldn't be destroyed. There use to be one more, in Brown Co., but I think it has been closed. It has everything you would think to... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

If you have the opportunity to visit the Hook's Drugstore museum, by all means do so! They are only open sporadically and it is well worth the visit. It is a recreation of a circa 1870-1900 drug store/soda fountain and boasts one of the most extensive collections of pharmaceutical and apothecary memorabilia anywhere in the United States. The circa 1870... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

As one of the best places to get a hand dipped ice cream soda, it is worth the trip. Check for hours as they are not always open. Sodas come with a souvenir glass too.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

My grandpa and I visited during the Indiana State Fair. It had been a really, really long time since he had a proper cherry soda. Thankfully, the staff knew how to make a good one and he loved it! I finally got to try one, myself, and it was pretty tasty. Definitely a worthy stop during the state fair or... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We come in here during State Fair time. It's located near the South Entrance. We usually go back memory lane looking at the old time candy. I like to read about how Hook's drug store started on the Southeast side of Indianapolis. It's really nice on hot fair days to get a cold phosphate and set in the back air... More 

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Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I enjoyed the museum and spent some time looking through all the antiques. But not before I enjoyed an ice cream cone and delicious ice cream float. What a great place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Don't miss this museum if you go to the IN fairgrounds. Old displays, a soda shoppe and candy---adults and kids will love it.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Went to my prom with John Hook, never used any other drugstore either, until it was sold. Will never call a drugstore anything but "Hook's." It was a major part of my whole life. Thanks for saving the soda fountain!

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stop in every year during the Indiana State Fair to have a soda from the authentic old-time soda fountain and shop for the kind of old-time candy you can't even find at Cracker Barrel. During the fair, it's a nice respite from the crowds. We grab our drinks and head for the room in the far back corner, with... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

A fun Museum to go back to the days when everyone moved a little slower and technology was just the ringing of the bell on the door! Penny candy isn't just a penny anymore, but its a great place to reminisce about the good old days.

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