Saturdays from June through September at 11am

Free Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

Every Saturday morning from June through September, IMHM offers free guided tours of the Medicinal Plant Garden led by one of the Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County who lovingly maintain it.

Tour begins promptly at 11:00 am and does not include a tour of the museum. 


Saturday, June 16 10am to 4pm

Painting for Preservation 

presented by Indiana Medical History Museum and Preserve Greater Indy.

Join us at Indy's first Painting for Preservation! Paint with other plein air artists and celebrate the historic buildings at the former Central State Hospital. The public are also welcome to explore the grounds and learn more about the hospital's 150-year history and recent work to preserve and develop the site.

Monday, June 18 at 5:30 pm or Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30pm

More than Beautiful: a guided walk through the Medicinal Plant Garden 

Donor Event- Invitation Only

Light refreshments will be served In case of rain, a garden presentation will take place in the amphitheater. 

Attendance is limited, so Register soon !

Register for Monday, June 18th at 5:30pm here.

Register for Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30pm here.

Friday, July 7  6 to 8pm

The Art and Institutionalization of John Zwara

First Friday exhibit and reception

In the spring of 1938, transient artist John Zwara was admitted to Central State Hospital with a diagnosis of dementia praecox (now called schizophrenia). He spent that spring and summer painting the grounds of Central State as part of his therapy, before he wandered away from the hospital late in the summer. For one day only, some of these rarely seen paintings will be on display as part of this exhibit.

Monday, September 24th Time TBD

Lonesome at Home: The Vonnegut Family and Mental Health

with Nanette Vonnegut in partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Tickets available through Eventbrite here.

Sunday, October 7th 2 to 4:30pm

Romantic Anatomy: Drawing from the Collection of the Indiana Medical History Museum

The French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault as working toward his masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa at the same time that Mary Shelley published Frankenstein. Before debuting his larger-than-life painting, Géricault studied human anatomy by checking out (like a library book) body parts from the morgue. He painted studies of these with a naturalistic approach, and in doing so, he shocked his audience with the tension between the life of his subjects and the fact that they were ultimately dead. Join Marian University Art Professor Jenny Ambroise in taking Géricault’s approach to drawing the anatomical collection of the Indiana Medical History Museum and discover what makes Shelley’s and Géricualt’s work enduring and still relevant today. Easels and drawing horses will be provided. Dry media only, please!

The works created during this workshop will be displayed at the Indianapolis Arts Garden in March of 2019, and the public will vote to determine awards given.

Advanced Registration Required; Stay tuned for registration information.

Wednesday, October 10th 5pm

The Ku Klux Klan, D. C. Stephenson, and the Murder of Madge Oberholtzer

Fall Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series presented by Clay W. Stuckey, DDS

Sunday, October 21st 2 to 4:30pm

Annual Wizards Academy

Stay tuned for more information.


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