3045 W. Vermont St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
The Museum will be closed on Saturday,
July 4 for Independence Day
Help us reach our annual fundraising goal by contributing to our annual campaign.
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 groups (by appointment only.)
Capital Campaign: Giving Medical History a Future
Saving the Old Pathology Building
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See the Old Pathology Building
on our Flickr Page!
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.
News and Events
6/10/2015: The Indiana Medical History Museum will be closed on July 4th. There will also be no garden tour that day.
6/8/2015: IMHM is excited to announce that it has received a $50,000 matching Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service toward replacing the roof on the Old Pathology Building and other "gutters & up" work which will begin shortly. This is the first phase of a massive repair and restoration project to stabilize and preserve the Old Pathology Building. For more information, see our Capital Campaign page.
Every Saturday at 11:00 am, June-September
FREE Guided Walking Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden
Tours will include information about the plants in the garden and their traditional uses as home remedies. Tours will be led by volunteers from Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County, who lovingly maintain our beautiful garden. No RSVP required.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:00-7:15 pm
Dr. Ahdy Helmy, IU School of Medicine
Ancient Egypt: At the Intersection of Faith and Advanced Medicine
Thursday, August 6, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm
Angela Potter, Doctoral Candidate in History, Purdue University
More than the Happy Little Hamsters: Seventy Years of Sex Education Films in Indiana