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Be a Docent in the Oldest Standing Pathology Lab in the Nation!

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Indiana Medical History Museum

  • 18 people are interested
Clinical Chemistry Lab - one of the many fascinating rooms at the Indiana Medical History Museum

We are looking for outgoing and enthusiastic volunteer docents! Our docents are the voice of the museum and lead tours through the preserved Old Pathology Building that was once on the campus of Central State Hospital, a former hospital for the mentally ill. By becoming a docent, you have the opportunity to share the stories of the patients who once lived at Central State, guide visitors through the oldest standing Pathology Building in the nation, and present the rich medial history of Indiana- past, present, and future.

Volunteers work during our open hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10-4. Visit https://www.imhm.org/volunteering to learn more and apply today! You can also email Mary Mauer at mmauer@imhm.org for any additional questions.

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About Indiana Medical History Museum


3045 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222, US

Mission Statement

The Indiana Medical History Museum interprets and preserves the Old Pathology Building. Through its exhibits, publications, and programs, the museum educates the community concerning health care, health careers, and life sciences in Indiana during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.


The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near westside 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.

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


3045 West Vermont StreetIndianapolis, IN 46222



  • History
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least twice a month for a full or half day.
  • This position requires a significant amount of walking/being on your feet. Docents are required to memorize a large amount of content.

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