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Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 West Vermont Street

The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near westside of Indianapolis. 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 maintains a collection of scientific artifacts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in a completely authentic setting. Constructed in 1895 and inaugurated in 1896, the nineteen-room Pathological Department Building, as it was then called, is equipped with three clinical laboratories, a photography lab, teaching amphitheatre, autopsy room, and library.

Mission Statement:

The Indiana Medical History Museum interprets and preserves the Old Pathology Building. Through its exhibits, publications, and programs, the museum educates the community concerning health care, health careers, and life sciences in Indiana during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.


Aaron Estevez-Miller

Monday, July 16, 2018
There's so much history in this place! It's a great deal for the $10 admissions. There's also discounts for students with ID and seniors. The tour takes about an hour, and you can't hangout in the museum ahead of time, so be aware of that if it's a hot day. They also have a free garden tour on Saturdays at 11:00 AM during the summer, and that's really interesting. Free parking too.

Bette Maners

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Most was boring. The things patients swallowed was VERY interesting, but our guide kept her hand on the drawer and rushed us through it. Some people in our group didn't even have time to get a glance. I would loved to have been able to see that for more than 10 seconds.

Normandy Halvorson

Monday, April 30, 2018
We had a fabulous intern lead our guided tour. He was knowledgeable and kind to answer all our questions. The museum is one of the better treasures of Indianapolis deserving of its historical status and efforts of preservation. The medicinal gardenbis so plentiful could also have a tour associated with it.

Joanna A

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The IMHM is a quaint spot off the beaten path but so interesting! It was really cool to see all the exhibits, and to see how work on mental health issues began. The anatomical museum was fascinating and very informative. Outside, there are cool examplea of medicinal plants. Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience!

Leslie Risch

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Had a great time today at the Medical History Museums in Indianapolis! Everything there is still from the time the Building was in use. Our guide had a lot of knowledge and it is totally worth the entrance fee!

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