Winter Hours

Between December 8th and January 19th the museum is open on Saturdays only from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. Tours begin on the hour, and the last tour of the day begins promptly at 3pm. 


3045 West Vermont Street      |      Indianapolis, IN 46222      |       (317) 635-7329


Wednesday 10:00 - 4:00

Thursday    10:00 - 4:00 

Friday    10:00 - 4:00 

Saturday    10:00 - 4:00 

Visits are by guided tour only.

Tours start on the hour. 

Tours last approximately one hour.

Last tour begins at 3:00.  


Just show up on the hour -- you do not need to make a reservation unless you have a group of 6 or more.


Courtesy of Tom Mueller Photography, LLC                


See more news updates or view our newsletters here.

10/12/2018: Many thanks to Fox59 and Lindy Thackston for visiting this week and highlighting IMHM and Central State Hospital for Your Town Friday. See the video here.

10/12/2018: Congrats to IMHM Board member and volunteer Norma Erickson on the unveiling of a new historical marker commemorating Lincoln Hospital. See Will Higgins' Indy Star article.

5/18/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is in good company in Forbes' article "6 Great Reasons to Visit America's Most Underrated City Right Now." Click here for the full article.

3/28/2018: The Indiana Medical History Museum is among 7 Reasons Indy is Ideal for Your Next Family Vacation in this blog post from Stephanie Black at Visit Indiana.

3/7/2018: Exciting things are happening this week at IMHM! We're gearing up to replace all three of our cracked and leaky skylights thanks to a Heritage Support Grant from the  Indiana Historical Society made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

2/16/2018: On Saturday, February 10th, our very own Norma Erickson was a guest on Hoosier History Live with Nelson Price talking about African American health care in Indiana during the early 20th century. Listen to a podcast of the show here.

2/14/2018: Indiana Medical History Museum was featured in this Washington Post's article highlighting Things to do in Indianapolis!

11/29/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is featured in an article by Chris Flook on Visit Indiana's website.  History & Science Are Both on Display at This Medical History Museum- click here for the full article.

11/22/2017: Will Higgins of the Indy Star has some great holiday gift ideas from local museum gift shops including Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012 by Lucy Jane King, MD and Alan D. Schmetzer, MD. It's available at the Indiana Medical History Museum for $20!  Click here to see Will's full list.

10/18/2017: Our speaker for the Fall 2017 Forensic Science Lecture, Dr. Darin Wolfe, is featured in this article from  Indiana autopsy doctor talks about life, death, and myths of the morgue

9/18/2017: Here's an interesting take on the Museum from the Times of Northwest Indiana.  See the full article here.  A second article covers Frankenfest our upcoming launch of Indiana Humanities' series One State/One Story: Frankenstein. Click here.

9/10/2017: The Indiana Medical History Museum is a  ‘Tangible Reminder’ Of Indiana’s Mental Health History from Indiana Public Media. Click here for the article and video.

8/23/2017: Canadian radio show host Jeremy Bradley paid us a visit this summer while recording his travel radio show On the Road with Jeremy Bradley here in Indianapolis.  Check out photos from his visit and listen to an on air interview with Sarah Halter here.


Voices from Central State was a Fall 2016 event series that spotlighted the patient perspective on life at Indiana's flagship mental institution, Central State Hospital (1848-1994).  Click here for more information.

We're currently planning a continuation of the Voices project, an initiative to gather stories from people with connections to Central State Hospital, including former patients, workers, neighbors, and families.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sarah Halter at


The Old Pathology Building is in trouble!

Roof damage and severe water intrusion threaten this historic building and its collections.

Learn more about our Capital Campaign to save the building and protect the future of medical history in Indiana.



The Old Pathology Building is in trouble!

Roof damage and severe water intrusion threaten this historic building and its collections.

Learn more about our Capital Campaign to save the building and protect the future of medical history in Indiana.


Help us to fulfill our mission to interpret and preserve 

the Old Pathology Building through tours, exhibits, and programs.



for more information, visit our events page

Saturdays from June through September at 11am

Free Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

Monday, September 17th at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos II

a special donor event by invitation only

Monday, September 24th  Time TBD

Lonesome at Home: The Vonnegut Family and Mental Health 

with Nanny Vonnegut in partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Sunday, October 7th 2 to 5:30pm

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

a workshop with Marian University Art Professor Jenny Ambroise and exhibit and discussion what makes the work of the French artist Theodore Gericault and his contemporary Mary Shelley enduring and relevant today.

Sunday, October 21st 2-4:30pm

Annual Wizards Academy

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