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Indiana Medical History Museum

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Address: 3045 W Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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+1 317-635-7329
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Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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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If you have a thing for old stuff and medical knowledge, then this is your place. It was clean. Our guide was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable. My tour was close to 90... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have a thing for old stuff and medical knowledge, then this is your place. It was clean. Our guide was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable. My tour was close to 90 minutes long.

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Thank Brenda K
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting! Definitely worth the money. Lots of history to be heard on the tour and lots of interesting specimens to see! Very glad we added this on to our itinerary last minute!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Tho it appears small from the outside, this building is packed chock full of amazing artifacts and pathology specimens. The guides are full of interesting tidbits and willing to answer all questions. The building itself is the pathology building of an abandoned mental hospital and still contains many of its original equipment. It takes less than an hour and is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was definitely an unusual museum. My sister who is an RN loved it. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. I believe they may be medical students. The building has a lot of the original equipment from this was an active pathology facility on the grounds of a hospital. You see two floors of the building and visit the various... More 

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Thank Cathy L
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Small and very historic museum. Lots to see and plenty of options to ask questions. The tour was nice and accessible. $10 for adult.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Medical school, pathology laboratory, research collection. Organ collection. Auditorium where medical students were taught as they watched autopsies. Early pathologist and his asst daughter were African Americans. Neat photos also. Limited hours. Building in good shape but needs more financial support.

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Thank Tdindy
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

A great, unique, and quirky museum. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable, there are so many interesting and well-preserved artifacts, and the building itself is fascinating. I am a nurse so I was particularly interested in what the museum had to offer, but my husband enjoyed it just as much as I did. There are very few museums that specialize... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is the second time we have visited this museum. Several years ago we took our two grandsons and everyone thought it was great. This past weekend we took a a couple of out-of-town friends...they were amazed. We actually joined the middle of one tour and completed the second with a different guide. The first was a retired nurse and... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My partner & I were very excited to visit the museum. It is $10 per person, cash or check. The tour (which you must take, no walking around on your own) starts every hour on the hour- hours are on the website. We toured the pathology building from Central State Home for the Insane & Sick- it is the only... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We spent an hour touring the Indiana Medical History Museum. The tour guide was very informative. The tours are only given on the hour and we went on Thursday. We toured the medicinal garden while we were waiting until 11:00a. We arrive at 10:15a and had to wait. The library was very interesting, the rooms where experiments happened, and seeing... More 

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