Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St.

Indianapolis, IN    46222

       Ph: 317.635.7329


Latest News:

6/10/2015: The Indiana Medical History Museum will be closed on July 4th.  There will also be no garden tour that day.

6/8/2015:  IMHM is excited to announce that it has received a $50,000 matching Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service toward replacing the roof on the Old Pathology Building and other "gutters & up" work which will begin shortly.  This is the first phase of a massive repair and restoration project to stabilize and preserve the Old Pathology Building.  For more information, see our Capital Campaign page.

5/4/2015: The IMHM's proposal, "Voices from Central State," is a finalist in the 5x5 Read Indy competition! Come to the Fountain Square Theater on May 14 at 6 pm to cast your vote and enjoy a fun and inspirational evening! RSVP required.

5/1/2015: We are officially booked for the Spring Forensics lecture on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 pm. Dr. Stephen Nawrocki will be giving a second presentation of the same lecture on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm - RSVP at to reserve your space! 

4/24/2015: Indiana Landmarks announces its 2015 10 Most Endangered list, which includes the Indiana Medical History Museum.  Learn more about urgently needed repairs and how you can help.

4/2/2015: The Indiana Medical History Museum was recognized at the April Chapter Meeting of the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, along with City-County Councilwoman Marilyn Pfisterer and Flanner & Buchanan, for their preservation efforts at the Central State Hospital Cemetery.  Former Executive Director, Mary Ellen Nottage, and current Executive Director, Sarah Halter, accepted the community service award on behalf of the museum.



Capital Campaign: Giving Medical History a Future

Saving the Old Pathology Building

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See the Old Pathology Building

on our Flickr Page! 


  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

Every Saturday at 11:00 am, June-September

FREE Guided Walking Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

Tours will include information about the plants in the garden and their traditional uses as home remedies. Tours will be led by volunteers from Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County, who lovingly maintain our beautiful garden.  No RSVP required.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:00-7:15 pm

Dr. Ahdy Helmy, IU School of Medicine

Ancient Egypt: At the Intersection of Faith and Advanced Medicine

Details TBA

This event is free and open to the public

RSVP required, please email Elizabeth Nelson at

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm

Angela Potter, Doctoral Candidate in History, Purdue University

More than the Happy Little Hamsters: Seventy Years of Sex Education Films in Indiana

Did you ever wonder what the boys were watching in the gym while the girls watched The Story of Menstruation? Angela Potter will present the history of sex education in Indiana since World War II through a series of film clips including the 1960 Happy Little Hamsters, accused of being "pornographic" in a 1969 lawsuit,  to more recent films used by the Social Health Association of Indiana in its sex education classes.  This event marks the opening of a special exhibit "Seventy Years of Leading the Way for Kids: The History of The Social Health Association of Indiana."

This event is free and open to the public

RSVP required, please email Elizabeth Nelson at




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.

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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