In order to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 in the community and to protect our staff and volunteers, effective March 15th we will be closed to the public until further notice

The loss of income during this period is having a significant impact on our operation, as we move toward digital engagement for our audiences and continue to maintain  and care for the historic Old Pathology Building.

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund securely online.

Thank you for your patience and continued support during this difficult time.


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.

4/1/2020: Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin Special Feature: Indiana Medical History Museum by Richard D. Feldman, MD, IMS Board Member, IMHM Board Member and Past President, Former Indiana State Health Commissioner

3/18/2020: Today we said goodbye to Dr. Charles A. Bonsett. Dr. Bonsett was working at Central State Hospital when the Pathological Department was closed in 1968 and slated for demolition. He and his colleagues worked tirelessly and invested their own funds to save the building and establish the Indiana Medical History Museum. Dr. Bonsett's support and enthusiasm never wavered, and to the end he was still a member of the Edenharter Circle and attended nearly every event. Without him the Indiana Medical History Museum would not exist and the Old Pathology Building would not have survived. We are so grateful to him for, and he will be sorely missed. Obituary

3/17/2020: One T.C. Steele painting of Dr. William B. Flecter is the newest addition to the Friends of T.C. Steele online compilation of T.C. Steele works from museums, sites, and private collections across the country. See it and learn more about this and other works here.

3/16/2020: IMHM mentioned in Indy South Magazine's article "Museums offer perfect getaways during dicey spring months." 

2/17/2020: IMHM is among the cool places to visit in Indy in this month's issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Check it out here.

2/3/2020: IMHM Announces crowd funding campaign with Ball State University Applied Anthropology Laboratories to locate the burials in the oldest section of the Central State Hospital Cemetery in order to properly memorialize the patients buried there. Click here to learn more, watch the video, or make a donation.

1/21/2020: We're excited that we made this USA Today 10 Best list of must see quirky and unique museums in the United States! We're certainly won't find anything else like the Indiana Medical History Museum in the country! But stop by to see for yourself! 

12/15/2019: The IMHM Winter 2019-2020 newsletter is now available as a PDF online.

8/12/2019: If you subscribe to SiriusXM, tune in tomorrow morning to Doctor Radio's Everyday Health show hosted by Dr. Carol Bernstein on SiriusXM110. Sarah Halter will be on this morning from 8 to 8:30am talking about the Indiana Medical History Museum and the new interpretation of the Museum's specimen collection.

8/9/2019: Check out Dr. Richard Feldman's Indianapolis Business Journal article on the work of Dr. Charles Bonsett, neurologist and one of the founders of the Indiana Medical History Museum. Dr. Bonsett's work on Duchenne's muscular dystrophy was done right here in the Old Pathology Building.

8/8/2019: Executive Director Sarah Halter was a guest on WFYI's All In today talking about the uniqueness of the Old Pathology Building and the importance of preserving its history. Listen to the full show here!

7/9/2019: Rehumanizing the IMHM Specimen Collection featured on Fox 59 News.

7/8/2019: More coverage of our Rehumanizing the IMHM Specimen Collection exhibit from John Russell for the Indianapolis Business Journal healthcare blog The Dose.

7/2/2019: Our project to "rehumanize" the specimens in our collection was featured in Smithsonian Magazine online. Check it out 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

*Please note: The Old Pathology Building that houses the Indiana Medical History Museum is a historic building and, as such, may present certain risks and/or physical restrictions. Some floor seating is available for visitors with limited physical mobility, but these must be requested in advance by emailing Sarah at These are available on a first come, first served basis. We are working to make our historic amphitheater more accessible and safer, but all program attendees must read and accept the Ticket Agreement to acknowledge the risks posed by steep stairs, the lack of a railing, etc. Click here to view the Ticket Agreement.


Sunday, March 1, 2020  2pm

John E. Pless, MD Memorial Central State Circle Lecture

A Pictorial  History of Hook's Drugstores

presented by Chuck Hazelrigg, DDS

Learn the early history of the Hook's Drugstore chain in Indiana. Reminisce with photographs of the early 1900s, both inside views and outside views of the early drugstores.  In addition, there is an opportunity to see early drugstore artifacts that our presenter, Dr. Hazelrigg, has collected over the years. There will be time for questions and comments at the conclusion of his presentation.

Tickets: $5; FREE for Central State Circle and Edenharter Circle Members

Register here.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020  5pm

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

TO BE RESCHEDULED Open Wide: A Look into Forensic Dentistry

presented by Clay W. Stuckey, DDS

Dr. Clay W. Stuckey will use cases from his thirty-five year experience as a forensic dentist to explain and illustrate just what it is that a forensic dentist does. They don't call the forensic dentist if a dead human body can be identified by simply viewing it. Be advised that a few pictures of such bodies may be disturbing to some people.

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell. The lecture series is sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory.

Register here.


Sunday, April 26, 2020  2pm


The Annual Lande Family Lecture

More Information Coming Soon!


Sunday, May 10, 2020  3pm

Picturing Nightingale: How Visual Culture Assisted in the Rise of Nursing Professionals

presented by Jane Schultz, PhD

Registration Information Coming Soon!

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