3045 W. Vermont St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
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The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near west side of Indianapolis. The museum represents the beginning of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine while the building itself is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum maintains a collection of scientific artifacts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in a completely authentic setting. Constructed in 1895 and inaugurated in 1896, the nineteen-room Pathological Department Building, as it was then called, is equipped with three clinical laboratories, a photography lab, teaching amphitheatre, autopsy room, and library.
Explore this site to learn more about the Indiana Medical History Museum as well as Indiana's medical heritage. The museum also offers an extensive list of links to other websites relating to medical history, science education and health careers.
Wednesday May 13, 4:00-5:15 pm
Spring Forensics Lecture 2015
by Dr. Stephen Nawrocki
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-635-7329
Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, Archaeology and Forensics Laboratory, University of Indianapolis
Forensic anthropologists are frequently asked to analyze human remains to assist the pathologist and coroner in their determination of the cause of death of a decedent. However, wounds and fractures to the bones can be difficult to interpret, particularly when the remains have been exposed to weathering, animal scavenging, and farming machinery. This presentation will examine how the anthropologist uses scraps of bone to reconstruct the events that occurred at the time of death, drawing on an understanding of basic fracture mechanics and no small measure of pure luck to identify and distinguish blunt, sharp, and gunshot trauma.
The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS), sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory, was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields and to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell.
The Indiana Medical History Museum is proud to be a member of the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science(COPUS).
Help us reach our annual fundraising goal by contributing to our annual campaign.
Help us to fulfill our mission to interpret and preserve the Old Pathology Building and through exhibits and programs, educate the community concerning health care, health careers, and life sciences in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.
Visits to the museum are by guided tour only
Tours begin on the hour
Last tour starts promptly at 3pm
Open for large groups (by appointment only.)
The museum does not accept credit or debit cards.
Seniors (over 65) $9
University Students with Valid I.D. $5
Students 18 and Under $3
Scouts and Scout Leaders $5.50 (includes badge, otherwise $3.00)