Watch our Capital Campaign video to learn about our efforts to Save the Old Pathology Building.


3045 West Vermont Street      |      Indianapolis, IN 46222      |       (317) 635-7329


Thursday    10:00 - 4:00 

Friday    10:00 - 4:00 

Saturday    10:00 - 4:00 


Visits are by guided tour only.

Tours start on the hour. 

Tours last approximately one hour.

Last tour begins at 3:00.  


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


Courtesy of Tom Mueller Photography, LLC                

Courtesy of Tom Mueller Photography, LLC 

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The Old Pathology Building is in trouble!

Roof damage and severe water intrusion threaten this historic building and its collections.

Learn more about our Capital Campaign to save the building and protect the future of medical history in Indiana.


Damage from water intrusion throughout the Old Pathology Building


Help us to fulfill our mission to interpret and preserve 

the Old Pathology Building 

through tours, exhibits, and programs.

See our Capital Campaign Supporters


 1/28/2016: News release describes the work of Jane Schultz, IUPUI Professor and IMHM Board Member, a historical consultant for Mercy Street, a PBS Civil War medical drama.

 1/27/2016: Indiana at 200: Indiana Opened First Mental Hospital in 1848

This series spotlights the patient perspective on life at Indiana's flagship mental institution, Central State Hospital (1848-1994).

**Registration information coming soon.**

August 26-27, 2016 (details TBA)

7:00 both evenings

Then There Is No Need to Speak

A One-Woman Theatrical Performance based on Anna Agnew’s 1886 memoir detailing her seven-year stay at Central State.

September 26-27, 2016 (details TBA)

6:00 both evenings

I Remember Jones

 A Conversation with Nanny Vonnegut about her grandmother, life at Central State in the 1940s, and the power of narrative.

November 10, 2016 (details TBA)

6:00 panel discussion / 7:15 exhibit opening

Leaving Home

An Exhibit Opening on the 1994 closure of Central State, based on patient-produced newsletters.

"Voices from Central State" is the product of a partnership between the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program at IUPUI. Funding support provided by the IU New Frontiers ProgramIndiana Humanities, and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.


Unless otherwise marked, all exhibits are included as part of the standard tour of the Old Pathology Building

November 4, 2015- TBD

Autopsy Room, Old Pathology Building (IMHM)

Central State Time Capsule

April 11, 2017 – May 31, 2017

**At the Central Branch, Indianapolis Public Library**

Indiana: Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Mental Illness

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