Indiana Medical History Museum

Indianapolis, IN

Where are we going?

Indiana Medical History Museum
3045 W Vermont St
IN 46222


What is there to do?

Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine, all in a historic setting at the Indiana Medical History Museum!

Located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital, which happens to be the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation, AND is also on the National Register of Historic Places!

Pretty impressive!

To visit the Indiana Medical History Museum, you need to be part of a guided tour, but no need to book if there are less than 6 in your party, just turn up on the hour during operating hours and then get taken on a journey back through a fascinating time in history!

The Doctor's Office is an exhibit that tell the story of how most doctors began their careers as family practitioners in a small town, treating everything from common colds to even performing surgery!

Then you have the Medicinal Plant Garden, home to over 90 different medicinal plants (and nearly half are Native American medicinal plants!), which is a fascinating learning experience as to how ailments could be treated by nature!

An unusual but interesting trip through a part of history that you might not have thought to explore, but then realize there is so much to learn at the Indiana Medical History Museum!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $10

Children: $3 for students under 18 years, $5 for college students with ID

Discount: Seniors $9


Need a little extra help?

The tour covers two floors and there is no elevator. Visitors unable to use the stairs can tour the first floor and then explore the second floor via video tours- just request this at the front desk. Video tours using American Sign Language are also available upon request.


When can we go?

10am - 4pm, by guided tours only on the hour (last tour 3pm)

Open year round, from Wednesday to Saturdays. Also closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, & Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Just show up on the hour, you do not need to make a reservation unless you have a group of 6 or more!

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