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“Fascinating exhibits and stories”

Indiana Medical History Museum
Ranked #32 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
Reviewed 15 March 2014

This is a jewel of an unusual museum little known by many but very deserving of a look by those interested in the mental health field. My tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, well-versed about the interesting exhibits and she passed along many human interest stories about the researchers and scientists who had worked and studied there in an era past. The museum is a bit isolated but well worth the effort of a short car trip from the center of Indianapolis. For me, this visit was an adventure of learning and entertainment. This is a unique museum of medical history and a real treat !

Thank Judy W
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

If you are interested at all in medical history this is a must visit. The amphitheater classroom used to observe surgeries is intact. There is a collection of preserved human organs including brains, lungs etc. from people of all ages. The guides know their business, and even though it sounds a little 'macabre', it allows one to understand what and how a surgeon learned his or her practice in years past.

Thank William L
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Very educational visit here to this historical medical museum built in 1895 specializing
in helping the mentally insane. We saw a pathology lab with iron lung, a lot
of brain specimens preserved under glass, learned a lot about the history
of medicine.This lovely building is located on the dilapidated grounds, where the
Central Indiana Hospital for the insane used to be. Cost was $6.00 per person
Takes approximately 1 hour. Would not bring young children here. Maybe 16years and older.

Thank amymc7
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

It was more then I expected. The tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgable. She would point out small details that could have been over looked. Very interesting how doctors didn't know what mental illness they were dealing with but studied each person after they passed to find a way to help. The tour takes about an hour. It is best to show up on the hour. The down side is this is located in a rough part of town and the signs to the museum are small. Well worth the trip! It was $7 to get in and I would have paid more.

Thank Sherry H
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Reviewed 18 September 2013 via mobile

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our tour through the old Central State pathology building. The preservation of this beautiful building, their research into mental illness, and collection of historical medical instrumentation is to be commended. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. This museum may not be of interest to children but most adults would be fascinated!

Thank chickie_wickie_mom
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