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“If you like offbeat museums, this place is for you...”

Indiana Medical History Museum
Ranked #32 of 170 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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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 / lift
Indianapolis, IN
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“If you like offbeat museums, this place is for you...”
Reviewed 20 March 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Soooo interesting.....”
Reviewed 16 February 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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Indiana
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14 reviews
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“Authentic, interesting, & slighty creepy!”
Reviewed 17 September 2010

I would describe it as this: 100 years ago, all the staff and patients at busy pathology facility walked out for lunch, and no one returned. Everything is there, just waiting for them to continue their research. Neat and creepy tumors in glass jars. Medicines being mixed in a laboratory. Don't miss the autopsy room. The tour guides really make this place special. I am a dental person, and when I mentioned that, they showed me an old dental chair they had in a closet. Two thumbs up! (Note: I would guess very young children, 5 or younger, would not have enough to do/see here.) This place is great, once you find it! It is unexpected to find this in a neighborhood. I went a few years back and never got around to writing a review.

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Westfield, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A gem and a must see”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

My wife and I have been to this wonderful place several times. We liked it so much we volunteered for them for a while and helped them with and older version of their website.

It is like stepping back in time. Of course, as with any non-for-profit volunteer organization, you never know what kind of tour guide you will get. Some are better than others, thats normal. Just go with it, ask questions, enjoy the wonderful artifacts - we will again this Saturday :)

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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80 reviews
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“This place is a gem!”
Reviewed 2 April 2007

Call ahead to let them know that you are coming and to get directions (directions are also available on their Web site). A guide will give you a personal tour. This museum is full of treasures because practically nothing has been changed in this former pathology building. It is like stepping back in time. The building is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you are interested in medical history, then don't miss this place.

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