Indiana Medical History Museum

Indianapolis, IN

Where are we going?

Indiana Medical History Museum
3045 West Vermont Street


What is there to do?

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.

How amazing!

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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $10

Children: Students under 18: $3.

Discount: Seniors $9, College Students with ID $5


Need a little extra help?

The tour covers two floors and there is no elevator. If you are unable to use stairs, you can explore the first floor in person, and the second via the video tours. Just request this at the best. Tours using American Sign Language are available upon request


When can we go?

10am - 4pm Wednesday to Saturday. Tours start on the hour, and last tour begins at 3pm

Open year round but closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, & Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of the next tour

I’m Hungry!

There are plenty of places to eat in the area, and perhaps eat after your visit! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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