Many thanks to all of the individuals and organizations who have and continue to help us with financial support to keep us in operation through these difficult times, including:

Indiana Humanities

Nonprofit Restart Program from United Way of Central Indiana

Indiana Arts Commission

Click here to learn how you can help. Every gift makes a difference!

IMHM is open to the public by appointment only Wednesdays-Saturday. 


We are so glad to invite you back into the Old Pathology Building to share the history of medicine in Indiana with you in-person in our incredible historic site!

Request A Tour

Please read the following before submitting your request for a tour.

COVID-19 persists, but so do we-- with necessary precautions in place to keep our visitors, staff, and volunteers safe. We will be offering guided tours for small household groups of five or less by appointment. When you call or email to request an appointment, please expect to answer a short COVID-related health questionnaire and another when you arrive for your tour. Masks and social distancing are required for all who enter the building at all times.

As medical historians with close relationships to the medical community, we know how important it is to take this pandemic seriously, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep all of us safe while setting a good example for the community.

We are so glad to invite you back into our building to share the history of medicine in Indiana with you in person in our incredible historic site! As the pandemic and our situation changes, we will need to adjust the way we operate in order to provide a safe environment for everyone. Operations onsite may be temporarily halted again in part or whole based on current conditions. 

The following rules and procedures may change, so check back before your appointment to learn what to expect during your visit. 

  1. In addition to routine cleaning of the building, we have implemented additional cleaning protocols in response to COVID-19. Restrooms, high touch surfaces, and high traffic areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  2. Until further notice, tours of the Indiana Medical History Museum and Dead House will be available by appointment only. Appointments for tours will be arranged on a case by case basis depending on the activity level in the building on a given day and the availability of volunteer docents. 
  3. To request an appointment click on the Request A Tour button and select a day/time. Tour requests are not guaranteed until confirmed. Payment in advance is strongly encouraged.
  4. Upon arrival for their scheduled tour, all visitors will need to be checked in by a staff member or volunteer. Temperatures of each visitor will be taken by staff with a non-contact thermometer and COVID-19 Screening Forms will be filled out and signed by each visitor upon arrival. If any visitor answers "yes" to any of the questions on the form, the group will be asked to make a new appointment at least 14 days later.

  5. All individuals who visit the Indiana Medical History Museum are expected to follow all of the required precautions during their entire visit, and may be refused service if they fail to do so.

    •  Members of a household who visit together do not have to maintain 6 feet distance between one another, but they must maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and other visitors, Museum staff, and Museum docents at all times. It may be necessary to leave some rooms off of the tour, or only allow visitors to peek in, if maintaining this distance within the room is impossible.

    • Visitors must sanitize their hands upon entering the Museum. They will be encouraged to do so again before leaving.
      Visitors are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth before entering any indoor facility at the site and keep it on as long as they are inside the building. Bandanas, neck gaiters, face shields, and masks with valves are not acceptable alternatives, as they can release exhalations into the air. If supplies allow, disposable surgical masks are available for purchase by visitors that do not have them. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear masks. There are no other exceptions to this mask requirement.
    • Visitors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask while outside on the IMHM grounds as long as social distancing is being practiced.
  6. Indoor facility rentals will not resume until further notice.
  7. Outdoor rentals will be considered on a case by case basis, but renters must ensure that all applicable policies will be followed and are responsible for implementing and enforcing them. This includes the check-in process, use of masks when distancing cannot be achieved, and use of hand sanitizer, etc. Renters will be responsible for providing appropriate PPE to their guests unless arrangements for purchase are made with Museum administration in advance. No part of the buildings’ interiors will be accessible by guests during an outdoor rental, so the renter is responsible for providing portable toilets and hand washing stations.

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