Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis

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The Indiana Medical History Museum is an Indianapolis monument to the beginning of psychiatric medical research. It is located on the grounds of what was formerly Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane, later shortened to Central State Hospital. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 25, 1972, as the Old Pathology Building.

It is the United States' oldest surviving pathology laboratory.
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  • knowledgeable local docent led our tour A great history of medicine specifically of psychiatric illnesses. What was state of the art in 1896? You'll find out. As a health care provider interested... 
    knowledgeable local docent led our tour A great history of medicine specifically of psychiatric illnesses. What was state of the art in 1896? You'll find out. As a health care provider interested...  more »
  • A one-hour small group tour through the old pathology lab at a former Insane asylum. Get a tour of the chemistry lab, the teaching amphitheater where they did autopsies, the regular autopsy room... 
    A one-hour small group tour through the old pathology lab at a former Insane asylum. Get a tour of the chemistry lab, the teaching amphitheater where they did autopsies, the regular autopsy room...  more »
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  • What an awesome place! I didn't know what to expect, but the tour guide was super knowledgeable and answered any question we had. Highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in unique spots to see!
  • We took the guided tour with Kerri as our guide. Fascinating history of the grounds and the progression of mental health facilities in general. Seeing the beautifully preserved instruments, furniture, records, and medical samples really added to our understanding. Kerri was a stellar guide and clearly has a passion for the information. Pleased to see the focus on humanizing the patients and their stories rather than a show of oddities or scare tactics. Recommend to anyone.

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