Help us commemorate Indianapolis' African-American Hospital,
Lincoln Hospital 1909-1915, with an Indiana Historical Bureau marker at its former site.
Faced with unequal access to medical facilities African-American physicians established a hospital of their own at the corner of 11th St. and Senate Ave. in Indianapolis. There, the doctors proved their competency in surgery and internal medicine, and young African-American women, barred from nursing schools, received professional training as caregivers.
You can help purchase and install this historical marker by making a donation here. Choose "Historic Marker Fund for Lincoln Hospital" in the drop-down menu.
Thursday 10:00 - 4:00
Friday 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Visits are by guided tour only.
Tours start on the hour.
Tours last approximately one hour.
Last tour begins at 3:00.
Just show up on the hour -- you do not need to make a reservation unless you have a group of 6 or more.
Courtesy of Tom Mueller Photography, LLC
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5/18/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is in good company in Forbes' article "6 Great Reasons to Visit America's Most Underrated City Right Now." Click here for the full article.
3/28/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is among 7 Reasons Indy is Ideal for Your Next Family Vacation in this blog post from Stephanie Black at Visit Indiana.
3/7/2018: Exciting things are happening this week at IMHM! We're gearing up to replace all three of our cracked and leaky skylights thanks to a Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.
2/16/2018: On Saturday, February 10th, our very own Norma Erickson was a guest on Hoosier History Live with Nelson Price talking about African American health care in Indiana during the early 20th century. Listen to a podcast of the show here.
11/29/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is featured in an article by Chris Flook on Visit Indiana's website. History & Science Are Both on Display at This Medical History Museum- click here for the full article.
11/22/2017: Will Higgins of the Indy Star has some great holiday gift ideas from local museum gift shops including Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012 by Lucy Jane King, MD and Alan D. Schmetzer, MD. It's available at the Indiana Medical History Museum for $20! Click here to see Will's full list.
10/18/2017: Our speaker for the Fall 2017 Forensic Science Lecture, Dr. Darin Wolfe, is featured in this article from IndyStar.com. Indiana autopsy doctor talks about life, death, and myths of the morgue
9/18/2017: Here's an interesting take on the Museum from the Times of Northwest Indiana. See the full article here. A second article covers Frankenfest our upcoming launch of Indiana Humanities' series One State/One Story: Frankenstein. Click here.
9/10/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is a ‘Tangible Reminder’ Of Indiana’s Mental Health History from Indiana Public Media. Click here for the article and video.
8/23/2017: Canadian radio show host Jeremy Bradley paid us a visit this summer while recording his travel radio show On the Road with Jeremy Bradley here in Indianapolis. Check out photos from his visit and listen to an on air interview with Sarah Halter here.
Voices from Central State was a Fall 2016 event series that spotlighted the patient perspective on life at Indiana's flagship mental institution, Central State Hospital (1848-1994). Click here for more information.
We're currently planning a continuation of the Voices project, an initiative to gather stories from people with connections to Central State Hospital, including former patients, workers, neighbors, and families.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Sarah Halter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us to fulfill our mission to interpret and preserve
the Old Pathology Building through tours, exhibits, and programs.
for more information, visit our events page
Saturdays from June through September at 11am
Free Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden
Saturday, June 16, 2018 10am to 4pm
Painting for Preservation
Monday, June 18th at 5:30pm or Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30pm
More than Beautiful: a guided walk through the Medicinal Plant Garden
By invitation only. Registration code required.
Friday, July 7th 6 to 8pm
The Art and Institutionalization of John Zwara
First Friday exhibit and reception
Monday, September 24th Time TBD
Lonesome at Home: The Vonnegut Family and Mental Health
with Nanny Vonnegut in partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Sunday, October 7th 2 to 5:30pm
Romantic Anatomy: Drawing from the Collection of the Indiana Medical History Museum
a workshop with Marian University Art Professor Jenny Ambroise and exhibit and discussion what makes the work of the French artist Theodore Gericault and his contemporary Mary Shelley enduring and relevant today.
Sunday, October 21st 2-4:30pm
Annual Wizards Academy