3045 W. Vermont St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Welcome to the
Indiana Medical History Museum!
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.
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.
8/14/2014: The IMHM blog has officially launched! Explore our collections, the history of Central State Hospital, and Medical History in Indiana
6/28/2014: Effective July 1, 2014, tour prices will increase. Click here to see new admission prices.
6/14/2014: Once again the Indiana Medical History Museum has been nominated for BEST MUSEUM on the Indy A-List! Help make us #1! Vote for us today!
6/6/2014: Please note the Indiana Medical History Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4th to observe the Independence Day holiday.
5/29/2014: On Monday, June 2 at 10:30 am Mayor Greg Ballard, City/County Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer, and the Indiana Medical History Museum will dedicate a new grave marker in the Central State Hospital Cemetery (182 North Tibbs Avenue).
4/25/2014: The exhibit "The Heart of Healthcare: Professionalization of Nursing in Indiana" opens at the IMHM on May 3, 2014 and will be on display until September 3, 2014. The exhibit is included as part of the museum tour.
4/4/2014: NASA's Destination Station is making a stop at the museum! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm for a presentation by a NASA scientist about medical advances aboard the International Space Station. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
3/21/2014: Effective July 1, 2014 adult admission will increase to $10 and senior (65 and over) admission will increase to $9, university student and child admissions will not change.
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The Indiana Medical History Museum is proud to be a member of the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science(COPUS).
Visits to the museum are by guided tour only
Guided tours for drop-in visitors 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)