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Indiana Medical History Museum
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WOW! A great learning experience for all ages.

Fascinating place with a wonderful guide to enhance the visit. A powerful learning experience... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2021
Tim C
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Very interesting History Museum

The tour takes about an hour, with a little time available afterwards to learn about the brains of... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2020
Brian G
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is a museum that not only covers medical history, but Indiana medical history. Seeing the old auditorium and how they used to have classes at this building is surreal. There are different rooms that have different purposes like the histology room and records room. The best room is the anatomy room that has the preserved body parts. They also have a garden of plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. If you are at all connected to anything health field related than this is a must.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

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 interesting detail – both architectural and medical including the bequeathed contents of a doctor’s office and exam room from sometime in the early to mid-1900’s. This is an enjoyable couple of hours – especially for medical/history buffs.

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed August 30, 2015

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.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

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 was at the forefront in medicine.
We got to see so many things that it is hard to highlight them all. The speaking tube in the room where they used to dissect bodies in order to study cause of death, leads to the room above so that person could record the proceedings was neat. The rooms with tissue samples and the old time equipment were really interesting. One still has an original sink. Samples of body parts in another room, labeled with cause of death were fascinating. We loved it and would go again!
Parking is available on the grounds.

Date of experience: July 2015
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