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A must visit during the State Fair. Large store area with display cases full of long forgotten... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Must do while at the State Fair

We never go to the fairgrounds without stopping by the store to get an old fashioned soda. Well... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
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This museum, which explores the 400-year history of the American drugstore, is set to re-open in 2002.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
+1 317-924-1503
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must visit during the State Fair. Large store area with display cases full of long forgotten remedies. Ice cream and sodas are available from friendly staff.

Thank BatGuano30
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We never go to the fairgrounds without stopping by the store to get an old fashioned soda. Well worth the wait in line. They have throwback candies from your childhood, you can't miss out on this step back in time. Enjoy!

Thank Robina614
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We have made this part of our State Fair routine for 20+ yrs since I was a kid. Love the soda fountain, and all the old medicine jars, and the soda fountain. It's a step backwards in time.

Thank ItsNikolai
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is a snapshot of early 1900-1960's American drug stores. Museum exhibits are cool, authentic nostalgia decor is even better. Plus, it functions as a real, live drugstore (without the pharmacy.) Neat old candies, toys, etc. from your childhood - if you're 60+. For younger...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This is antique 1900s drugstore located on the Indiana Fairgrounds. It is like walking into the past with all the amazing sights including original items used by the pharmacists and doctors during that time. You can see war posters and advertising common to that era....More

Thank Jo P
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a real old time drug store with a functioning soda fountain. The tasty milk shakes and malts are made with real ice cream right before your eyes- no chemicals like at McDonald's or Wendy's. Great on a hot summer day for a little...More

Thank William L
Reviewed 31 July 2016

The Museum is one of a kind.in Indiana. Hooks was one of the first drugstores in Indiana & was here almost 100 yrs. This Drugstore was moved to the State Fair Grounds, so it wouldn't be destroyed. There use to be one more, in Brown...More

Thank alphawolff40
Reviewed 26 May 2016

If you have the opportunity to visit the Hook's Drugstore museum, by all means do so! They are only open sporadically and it is well worth the visit. It is a recreation of a circa 1870-1900 drug store/soda fountain and boasts one of the most...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 6 March 2016

As one of the best places to get a hand dipped ice cream soda, it is worth the trip. Check for hours as they are not always open. Sodas come with a souvenir glass too.

Thank Pyrlover
Reviewed 22 October 2015

My grandpa and I visited during the Indiana State Fair. It had been a really, really long time since he had a proper cherry soda. Thankfully, the staff knew how to make a good one and he loved it! I finally got to try one,...More

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