Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St.

Indianapolis, IN    46222

       Ph: 317.635.7329


Register for WIZARDS ACADEMY October 26, 2014


Register for John Zwara: Artist, Patient, Wanderer November 8, 2014

Latest News:

10/7/2014: Winter Hours announced.  Click here for more information.

10/1/2014: We are officially booked for the Fall Forensics lecture on Wednesday, October 8th.  To be added to the waitlist, please email Elizabeth at or call 317-635-7329.  If you leave a message, please include your full name and telephone number, so that we can confirm your position on the waitlist.

8/14/2014: The IMHM blog has officially launched! Explore our collections, the history of Central State Hospital, and Medical History in Indiana

6/28/2014: Effective July 1, 2014, tour prices will increase.  Click here to see new admission prices.

6/14/2014: Once again the Indiana Medical History Museum has been nominated for BEST MUSEUM on the Indy A-List!  Help make us #1!  Vote for us today!

6/6/2014: Please note the Indiana Medical History Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4th to observe the Independence Day holiday.

5/29/2014: On Monday, June 2 at 10:30 am Mayor Greg Ballard, City/County Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer, and the Indiana Medical History Museum will dedicate a new grave marker in the Central State Hospital Cemetery (182 North Tibbs Avenue).

4/25/2014: The exhibit "The Heart of Healthcare: Professionalization of Nursing in Indiana" opens at the IMHM on May 3, 2014 and will be on display until September 3, 2014. The exhibit is included as part of the museum tour.

4/4/2014: NASA's Destination Station is making a stop at the museum! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm for a presentation by a NASA scientist about medical advances aboard the International Space Station. RSVP at 


       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.


Upcoming Events:

October 26, 2014

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Tenth Annual Wizards Academy

Visit with magical creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite wizard’s magical world through hands-on experiments!

Monica Medina, Interim Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at IUPUI, will educate and entertain parents while their young wizards attend classes.

Recommended for grades 3-6.
Children $8; Adults $6
Family Packages are available. 

Advance registration is required.

November 9, 2014

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A Spirit & Place Festival Event

John Zwara: Artist, Patient, Wanderer

Discover the work of wandering artist John Zwara (1880-1951), whose schizophrenia diagnosis landed him at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in 1938.

1:00-1:45 pm, Amphitheater
Former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum and a leading authority on John Zwara, Rachel Perry will acquaint visitors with the artist’s life and work.

2:15-3:00 pm, Amphitheater
Professor of art therapy at Herron School of Art and Design and a practicing clinician, Juliet King will place Zwara’s story in the context of the development of art therapy throughout the twentieth century until today.

Between presentations and after, visitors can view the Indiana Medical History Museum’s John Zwara Collection in the upstairs exhibit hall.


Advance registration required.

This event is presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design - Art Therapy Program


The Indiana Medical History Museum is proud to be a member of the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science(COPUS).




Make a Donation

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.


Museum Hours


10:00am -4:00pm

 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.

Adults $10

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)


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