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Indiana Medical History Museum

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Medicine


3270 Kirkbride WayIndianapolis, IN 46222 United States

Organization Information

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.


Would you recommend Indiana Medical History Museum?
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by Crystal G. (March 6, 2009)
IMHM is wonderful! You will learn a ton about medical history, gain public speaking skills, and work with a very intelligent staff that truly appreciates your work, is very flexible and fun to work with. I have also made a lot of friends and feel like I have a community here at the museum. This is a great place for people of all ages and our volunteers range from early 20s to 70s. The museum itself is absolutely amazing, and I would full heartedly recommend volunteering here to anyone. You'll have a great time, engage in a life-long learning experience, and be truly valued for your time.
by Heidi M. (February 20, 2009)
The Indiana Medical History Museum has given me wonderful experience that I will be able to carry with me as I pursue a career in Public History. I help with many daily operational tasks, but my main job has been leading tours. The information you get to convey to guests is very interesting and provides a great opportunity to become more comfortable with speaking in front of groups. The atmosphere is fairly laid back as you lead small groups of visitors through a beautiful laboratory built in 1895.

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