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Unusual museums near Indianapolis, IN

A miniature foyer with a staircase and door

It may look real, but we bet you won’t quite fit through this doorway. | Photo via @museum_of_mini_houses

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There’s Newfields, the Indiana State Museum, the Children’s Museumand then there are these local spots. Today, we’re rounding up a few unusual museums around central Indiana that will make you say, “huh?”

Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, 111 E. Main St., Carmel

The bird’s eye view of this museum includes room boxes, thousands of miniatures including miniature houses, and an inspiration room, which is an expanded section of the museum where you can see 81 boxes + vignettes and shop for your own collection.

Pro tip: This is a kid-friendly spot that offers scavenger hunts, a fairy door for wishes, and a dollhouse for them to play with.

AFCA Antique Fan Museum, 10983 Bennett Pkwy, Zionsville

Are you a fan fanatic? Since 1997, the Antique Fan Collectors Association has operated this museum with more than 2000 antique ceiling + desk fans. According to its website, it’s the only museum in the world dedicated to antique ceiling and desk fans that’s open to the public. Ever wondered what a non-electric fan looks like? Find out at this Zionsville spot.

Indiana Medical History Museum, 3270 Kirkbride Way, Indianapolis

Once a hospital for the insane, the 174-year-old grounds explore the early days of psychiatry + modern medicine in this historic setting, complete with preserved specimens like brains, an autopsy room, and a teaching amphitheater.

Pro tip: Green-thumbed Hoosiers, there are free guided tours of the IMHM’s plant garden on the first + third Saturdays in June-September led by Purdue Master Gardeners.

Hook’s Historic Drug Store Museum, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis

Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, you can get a dose of nostalgia by appointment or any day during the State Fair, which runs from Fri., July 29-Sun., Aug. 21. Grab a seat at the soda fountain for a malt or stroll around the shop area for candies you might find in a 1950s TV show.

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