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

Indiana Medical History Museum  |  3045 West Vermont Street  |  Indianapolis, IN 46222   |  (317)635-7329

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT

OPERATING HOURS

     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 last approximately one hour and begin on the hour. The last tour of the day begins promptly at 3pm.

Just show up five to ten minutes before the hour! - no need to make a reservation, unless you have a group of six or more.


ADMISSION

Adults   $10

Seniors (over 65)   $9

College students with valid I.D.   $7*   

Students under 18   $5*

*please note the change in price as of April 15, 2020 

We accept Cash, Credit, and Check. 


Schedule a Group Tour

Groups of 6 or more must schedule at least 3 weeks in advance.

 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

The IMHM is closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


WINTER BREAK 

Hours may change between mid December and mid January. Please check back for more details.


ASK ABOUT OUR VIDEO TOURS

Available onsite only. Visitors with limited mobility or hearing can still enjoy the full tour through videos using spoken English or American Sign Language.


WHAT TO SEE


The standard tour will take you through the

two-story Old Pathology Building and the 1950s Doctor's Office (weather permitting.) 


TOUR THE FORMER CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL GROUNDS

(coming soon!)


EVENTS

Sunday, July 12th at 2pm

The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the 1918 Spanish Influenza


presented by William McNiece, MD and Bill Beck both from the Marion County Historical Society

When the Spanish Influenza began to affect life in Indianapolis in late September 1918, the Hoosier Capital City was relatively quick to react. The community had dealt with typhoid epidemics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and an outbreak of diphtheria in 1910 had resulted in orders to close schools until the infection passed. Public health officials ordered schools, theaters, restaurants and other gathering places shut down to halt community spread of the deadly influenza, and residents were asked to wear cloth masks when out in public (and to refrain from spitting on the streets and sidewalks, at all costs). Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame all canceled football games that fall, and popular Halloween Trick or Treat activities were suspended until the fall of 1919.

Dr. Bill McNiece and Bill Beck, both board members of the Marion County Historical Society, will reprise their October 2018 presentation at the Medical History Museum of Indiana, presenting a day-by-day chronology of the 1918 Pandemic in Indianapolis. The presentation will consider what lessons that outbreak from a century ago hold for residents today and offer some comparisons to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The virtual presentation will take place on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Register via Zoom here.

 

*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 shalter@imhm.org. 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.


Click here for a list of past events.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

Before your visit, there are a few things you need to know.
  • The tour covers two floors and there is no elevator. Visitors unable to use the stairs can tour the first floor and then explore the second floor via video tours- please request this at the front desk. A spoken English video tour is available upon request.
  • Video tours using American Sign Language are also available upon request.
  • The one-hour tour may be unsuitable for young children, due to its length, the sophistication of the subject matter, and our hands-off approach to our collections.
  • Young children and visitors sensitive to topics such as mental illness, death, and autopsy may find the museum disturbing. Human skeletons and preserved organs are on display at the museum.
  • No large bags, strollers, or camera accessories like tripods are allowed on the tour.
  • Click here for directions.





Courtesy of Tom Mueller Photography, LLC 

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

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