3045 W. Vermont St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near west side 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.
Explore this site to learn more about the Indiana Medical History Museum as well as Indiana's medical heritage. The museum also offers an extensive list of links to other websites relating to medical history, science education and health careers.
October 8, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Forensic Lecture Series | Fall 2014Abraham Lincoln: Forensics of an Assassination
What if modern forensic investigation techniques were applied to the Abraham Lincoln assassination? What can we learn from the firearm that was recovered from Ford’s Theater? From what distance did the shooting occur? And why did so many at the theater report not hearing the fatal shot?
Based on research conducted with a Derringer pistol and a “Spatter Head” that simulates the structure of the human cranium, Douglas H. Boxler, Firearms Investigator for the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency, will provide some possible answers.
October 26, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Visit with magical creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite wizard’s magical world through hands-on experiments!
November 9, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A Spirit & Place Festival Event
Discover the work of wandering artist John Zwara (1880-1951), whose schizophrenia diagnosis landed him at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in 1938.
1:00-1:45 pm, Amphitheater
Former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum and a leading authority on John Zwara, Rachel Perry will acquaint visitors with the artist’s life and work.
2:15-3:00 pm, Amphitheater
Professor of art therapy at Herron School of Art and Design and a practicing clinician, Juliet King will place Zwara’s story in the context of the development of art therapy throughout the twentieth century until today.
Between presentations and after, visitors can view the Indiana Medical History Museum’s John Zwara Collection in the upstairs exhibit hall.
Advance registration required.
This event is presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design - Art Therapy Program
The Indiana Medical History Museum is proud to be a member of the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science(COPUS).
Help us to fulfill our mission to interpret and preserve the Old Pathology Building and through exhibits and programs, educate the community concerning health care, health careers, and life sciences in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.
Visits to the museum are by guided tour only
Tours begin on the hour
Last tour starts promptly at 3pm
Open for large groups (by appointment only.)
The museum does not accept credit or debit cards.
Seniors (over 65) $9
University Students with Valid I.D. $5
Students 18 and Under $3
Scouts and Scout Leaders $5.50 (includes badge, otherwise $3.00)