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Indianapolis - 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.


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!

Rachel Ward

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
If you like medical history, or history in general, you will enjoy this museum. It's jam packed with things to see and hear as you are guided through a tour of the facility. The pricing is unbeatable as well at only $5-10 per person (the $5 is with a student discount). Tours start every hour on the hour. The only thing I can possibly complain about is that the content of the museum rarely changes, but this isn't much of an issue as there is so much detail that repeat trips are still enjoyable because you can still learn more and see new details.

katrina hertzler

Saturday, March 10, 2018
It’s a shame there’s not more money put into repairing this glorious unique property. Lovely people there , lovely place to volunteer, enjoy going there so much, I just wish the city cared about putting more money into maintaining it’s historic landmarks

Angel Williams

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
This place is awesome!!!! I had no idea of the amount of history sitting in Indianapolis. What is great is the amount of items that are original not only to the era but the actual building. There are some creepy things too, which made the tour that much cooler. Wierd Science🎵🎵🎵

G.K Taurins

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
It was an amazing place and was very interesting. The tour and the tour guide were both very informative and they even made a few jokes which i laughed at. It was such an amazing experience to see parts of organs and to understand how this place worked during the 1890's.

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