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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
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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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This is by far the most unique museum which we have ever visited. According to our guide, the building was closed on a Friday back in the 60's as a lab. And on Monday, they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is by far the most unique museum which we have ever visited. According to our guide, the building was closed on a Friday back in the 60's as a lab. And on Monday, they opened as a museum. Everything, in the labs, morgue, and classroom are just where they were originally left. If you like science or just interested... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great $10 tour. First see the medicinal garden which is very pretty to stroll thru. Learn what all these plants were used for back in time. We had a great tour guide who was very informative about the different rooms. The tour covers the main floor. Enjoyed sitting in the gallery of the operating theater and imagining what it was... More 

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Aurora, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of this little museum was excellently conducted by Emily. The museum is in an old pathology lab that was part of Central State hospital. It is like walking in to a time capsule because almost everything in it is original to 1896 or the 1920s upgrade. Learn about the history of an important research lab as well as... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Very cool place so much more than you expect after walking in. Our tour guide was fantastic. Very neat brains in jars, iron lung, history of mental health. Exterior medicinal garden. Our group went from work since we are a science based group. My family is going to go. Neat intersection of history and science.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

Signage for the museum is very modest. We weren't sure if our GPS mislead us. However, we're glad to have gone on the grounds of the former hospital compound to find the museum. Our tour guide, Dixie, was very informative and made our tour very interesting. So much to see and learn about the facility and the artifacts.

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Thank Tanya B
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

As a retired nurse I was fascinated by everything this museum had to offer. We were part of a small group which allowed the whole tour to be much more personal. The tour guide was a retired doctor who was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions with ease. A truly fascinating experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 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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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 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

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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.

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