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“Authentic, interesting, & slighty creepy!”

Indiana Medical History Museum
Ranked #29 of 179 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 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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"lecture hall"
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"tours start"
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"medicinal garden"
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"tour lasted about an hour"
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"guided tour"
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"every hour on the hour"
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"original equipment"
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"preserved artifacts"
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"research facility"
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"ask questions"
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"state of the art"
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"step back in time"
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"well worth the visit"
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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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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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Reviewed 25 September 2016
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