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Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis

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The Indiana Medical History Museum is an Indianapolis monument to the beginning of psychiatric medical research. It is located on the grounds of what was formerly Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane, later shortened to Central State Hospital. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 25, 1972, as the Old Pathology Building.

It is the United States' oldest surviving pathology laboratory.
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  • Very interesting and different type of museum. Enjoyed seeing the old architecture and unusual items in their collection. 
    Very interesting and different type of museum. Enjoyed seeing the old architecture and unusual items in their collection.  more »
  • The museum has a set of lessons on the history of epidemiology (sign up and pay a nominal fee to get the lessons) and the last lesson is held at the museum. I took a group of 11-12 grade students... 
    The museum has a set of lessons on the history of epidemiology (sign up and pay a nominal fee to get the lessons) and the last lesson is held at the museum. I took a group of 11-12 grade students...  more »
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  • I didn't realize we had to make an appointment for the museum tour ahead of time. Highly recommend doing it online. Tours are limited, so plan accordingly. While we were walking around the garden, there were 4 other groups of people who came not knowing that the inside tours had to be reserved. This time, I'm scoring the outside only, until I make another trip. We definitely did enjoy the medicinal garden outside the museum for good couple of hours. There are so many plants with signs that explain their healing properties. It's a beautiful and well kept garden. There's so much in depth information too. I got some ideas for my garden at home.
  • Such a cool place! The tour cost $10 per adult. It’s a neat little historical pathological department tour, as you can get pretty close to historic artifacts. The tour-guide was very informative, answered everyone’s questions, and encouraged conversation. Masks are currently mandatory, and limited on how many people per tour group. Definitely recommend!

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