Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St.

Indianapolis, IN    46222

       Ph: 317.635.7329


Latest News:

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.

1/22/2014: Regular hours resume this week at IMHM.

11/12/2014: IMHM Winter Hours begin soon.  From December 11th through January 17th, we will be open for drop-in tours on Saturdays only, or by appointment for groups. 

11/10/2014: RSVP now for the IMHM Annual Meeting of the Membership & Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture The Trials and Tribulations of the Corpse of Abraham Lincoln presented by Clay W. Stuckey, DDS Sunday, December 7th at 2pm.  Email or call 317-635-7329 to reserve your spot.

11/1/2014:  ENTERTAINMENT BOOK FUNDRAISER- Now through December 1st, $5 of each Entertainment Membership sold through this link will be donated back to the Indiana Medical History Museum!

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 


Capital Campaign: Giving Medical History a Future

Saving the Old Pathology Building

Click here for more information


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:

Wednesday, May 13, 4:00-5:15 pm
Spring Forensics Lecture 2015

THIS EVENT IS FULL. There will be a second presentation on May 20 (see below).

by Dr. Stephen Nawrocki

Please RSVP to 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.

Thursday, May 14, 6:00 pm
At the Fountain Square Theatre

The Indiana Medical History Museum will compete against four other finalists in the

put on by Indiana Humanities and Indy Reads. 

The prize is $10,000 for the best idea that uses literature, reading, and/or the written word to create powerful arts and humanities experiences for the people of Indianapolis.

The IMHM hopes to put on a series of programs in 2016 that feature literature by and about patients at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane (1848-1994).

RSVP Required

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00-7:15 pm
A second presentation of the Spring Forensics Lecture 2015





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.

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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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