Once Abandoned And Left To Decay, Central State Hospital In Indiana Has Been (Mostly) Restored To Its Former Glory

Once upon a time in the suburbs of Indianapolis, there was a booming institution with a name as terrifying as its halls were: the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. It was opened in 1848 and initially served all of the state, but by the time 1905 rolled around it was only serving central Indiana residents; when we say “serving”, we mean “institutionalizing”, and it wasn’t long before rumors of abuse and other nasty things began swirling. Despite the controversy over its treatment of patients, the hospital remained open until 1994, when allegations finally caught up with the place (among other major issues).

Important note: the old Pathology building is in desperate need of our help! It needs to undergo some vital repairs, and the IMHM is looking for donations to help. If you’re interested in contributing, be sure to check out the IMHM website. For more information about the Indiana Medical History Museum, including hours and touring info, be sure to check out the official website as well.

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Address: Indiana Medical History Museum, 3270 Kirkbride Way, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA