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“Intriguing science and history all in one”

Indiana Medical History Museum
Ranked #31 of 173 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
new york
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Intriguing science and history all in one”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Questionable and yet safe neighborhood leads you to a fenced in empty lot with a lone building. The sign said ring the door bell and someone will be with you in 2 minutes.
Intrigued? You will be once you take the guided tour.
Its the state first state of the art pathology building with mental patients as the subjects. The building, the equipments (you never guessed what they are for), the furniture are all antiques.
The guide will point out the little things and you will be amazed at the passing of time and advancement of science (you have to take the tour to find out).
Its only $7.00 for admission (AAA discount). They only open Thur-Sat for tours so make sure you make time for this. Take the older kids there - not a dull moment during the entire hour.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank CDEMOM
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very interesting place”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Thought this would an interesting adventure and was right! Admission was $6.00 and the history, building, and displays were well worth visiting; that is, if you find medical devices, history, and education intriguing.

Visit lasted an hour and consists of a guided tour and photo opportunities.

Cool place!

Thank Dash242
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Rare Museum boys love!”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

This is the museum for boys! Full of unusual and grotesque exhibits that they love! Very Interesting and enlightening, especially some of the early 19th century medical devices. Take the boys, but be careful if you are a bit squeamish!

Visited June 2012
2 Thank nanatbrdg
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great adult tour!!!!”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

The docent gives a one hour tour about the building in which the tour is given, its former complex and early medicine. A small building next door displays the original set up of a country doctor. I do not have a medical background but found the tour very interesting. I would go back for another tour because there is so much to see and learn.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank CarolTwo
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Must see for history buffs”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

If you are interested in how the country's medical science and teaching developed in the late 19th and in the early 20th century, this is a must see. It's a very unusual museum and one of the oldest standing medical science research building. The labs, autopsy and the classrooms are kept as it was in 1895 and entering them is like stepping back in time. The museum gives a glimpse of the medical research and training during the turn of the century. Specimens with original and later edited diagnosis gives a fascinating display of the course of the development of medical research. The building is surrounded by a garden with medicinal plants with detail descriptions and a doctors exam room kept at 1930s decor. The garden tour is self-explanatory, but a free guided tour is available on Saturday at 11 AM. The $5 ($4 for AAA members) is worth every penny. I was willing to pay more. The staff are very attached to the museum and willing to answer all questions to the best of their abilities.

The are few negatives: It's a bit out-of-the-way and not advised for tourists without a car. Each tour begins from 10 AM Wed. - Sat, on-the-hour and there's no nice place to wait if you are late. There's a bathroom, but no food facility nearby.

Visited June 2012
Thank hsbasu
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