Want a visit to a museum with a difference? Then head to the Indiana Medical History Museum, located in the old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital.
Before you even step into the museum, take a look at the building itself because your history lesson has already begun. The building is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the entire nation, and is actually on the National Register of Historic Places.
The pathology department facilitated medical education, and research on the physical causes of mental disease, and when it changed into a museum in the 1960s, it's scientific interior was left intact.
Today, you can explore the many facets of it's fascinating past, from the teaching amphitheater, to laboratories for bacteriology, the reception room, and the records. Yes, you can even see the more gruesome aspects like the autopsy room and anatomical museum, home to well preserved specimens (mostly brains!)
Given the content of the exhibits, a trip to the Indiana Medical History Museum is suited more for the older kids, and not for the squeamish.
Real human skeletons are also on display too, so just be aware for when you take the kids.
In addition to guided tours of the incredibly preserved building, the museum also offers special events, exhibits and programs throughout the year of a number of interesting topics, from the history of science and medicine, forensic science and medical health care in the past.
So enjoy a day out with a difference in Indiana at this very intriguing experience!