Hook's Drug Store Museum

Hook's Drug Store Museum Thank you all for record breaking business during the 2021 State Fair! We are now closed except for special appointments or potential openings during certain Fairground events.

We will update any planned openings as available. Open for tours by appointment. Tour of museum and ice cream soda are included in your visit. The tour of Hook's Drug Store Museum includes many of the memorabilia from the old Hook's Drug Stores, a convenience store, and soda bar. Hours during the 2021 Indiana State Fair are: Wed thru Sun WTHSun. 9am-9pm. Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Operating as usual

Only today and tomorrow left of the 2021 Indiana State Fair! Make your final purchases now and head to the register at H...
08/21/2021

Only today and tomorrow left of the 2021 Indiana State Fair! Make your final purchases now and head to the register at Hooks Drug Store Museum and Soda Fountain.

Hooks is open 9am-9pm

Iced coffee floats, root beer floats and old-fashioned candy sales are hot and stock is going quick!

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Only today and tomorrow left of the 2021 Indiana State Fair! Make your final purchases now and head to the register at Hooks Drug Store Museum and Soda Fountain.

Hooks is open 9am-9pm

Iced coffee floats, root beer floats and old-fashioned candy sales are hot and stock is going quick!

#indianastatefairgrounds #hooksdrugstores #hooks #hooksdrugstore #indianastatefairexhibit #indianahistory #indianapolishistory #indianastatefair #indianastatefair2021 #indianastatefairexhibits #antiquepharmacy #cashregister #candystore #candydisplays #museums

Our runaway best selling ice cream soda flavor this year! Fresh brewed iced coffee, with any flavor syrup you might like...
08/18/2021

Our runaway best selling ice cream soda flavor this year! Fresh brewed iced coffee, with any flavor syrup you might like (chocolate, vanilla, or cherry are popular choices). We still do all the traditional flavors as well. 5 more days of the 2021 State Fair, ending Sunday, August 22nd!

Our runaway best selling ice cream soda flavor this year! Fresh brewed iced coffee, with any flavor syrup you might like (chocolate, vanilla, or cherry are popular choices). We still do all the traditional flavors as well. 5 more days of the 2021 State Fair, ending Sunday, August 22nd!

08/15/2021
Hook’s incredible 1850 cabinets!

Over 3 million people have visited since we first opened in 1966! One of the longest running and top drugstore museums worldwide. Come out during the Fair to see our marvelous collection and enjoy wonderful old time soda fountain and candy treats!

It’s a beautiful cool Sunday morning at the Fair, and the Museum is open and ready to go!  Record day yesterday, expecti...
08/15/2021

It’s a beautiful cool Sunday morning at the Fair, and the Museum is open and ready to go! Record day yesterday, expecting another busy day as people take advantage of near perfect weather. The Fair will be closed Monday and Tuesday, then open for for our final week. Come on out!

The Hook’s Museum is very fortunate to have this rare Eli Lilly cabinet. Lilly only offered this cabinet for a few years...
08/15/2021

The Hook’s Museum is very fortunate to have this rare Eli Lilly cabinet. Lilly only offered this cabinet for a few years, in the late 1880’s, as a premium to any pharmacy that ordered at least $50 of product. The cabinet is even filled with a selection of antique Lilly products.

The Hook’s Museum is very fortunate to have this rare Eli Lilly cabinet. Lilly only offered this cabinet for a few years, in the late 1880’s, as a premium to any pharmacy that ordered at least $50 of product. The cabinet is even filled with a selection of antique Lilly products.

Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores. Come visit...
08/13/2021

Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores.

Come visit us during the Indiana State Fair until August 22, to see in person.

*Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores.

Come visit us during the Indiana State Fair until August 22, to see in person.

*Closed Monday and Tuesday

#hooksdrugstores #hooksdrugstoremuseum #hooks #indianastatefairexhibits #indianastatefairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemuseums #advertising #hamlinswizardoil

Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores. Come visit...
08/13/2021

Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores.

Come visit us during the Indiana State Fair until August 22, to see in person.

*Closed Monday and Tuesday

#hooksdrugstores #hooksdrugstoremuseum #hooks #indianastatefairexhibits #indianastatefairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemuseums #advertising #hamlinswizardoil

Made of paper mache, sculptures like this were designed for decorative advertising to be used in drug stores.

Come visit us during the Indiana State Fair until August 22, to see in person.

*Closed Monday and Tuesday

#hooksdrugstores #hooksdrugstoremuseum #hooks #indianastatefairexhibits #indianastatefairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemuseums #advertising #hamlinswizardoil

This is where it all started, when John Hook opened his original store at 1101 S. East St., in Indianapolis at the turn ...
08/12/2021

This is where it all started, when John Hook opened his original store at 1101 S. East St., in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth Century. The building was torn down years ago, but, the interior cabinets survive, and today are installed in the candy and gift area of the Hook’s Drugstore Museum!

This is where it all started, when John Hook opened his original store at 1101 S. East St., in Indianapolis at the turn of the twentieth Century. The building was torn down years ago, but, the interior cabinets survive, and today are installed in the candy and gift area of the Hook’s Drugstore Museum!

Large advertising sculptures for old patent medicines. The elephant is advertising Hamlins Wizard Oil. Hamlin was one of...
08/08/2021

Large advertising sculptures for old patent medicines. The elephant is advertising Hamlins Wizard Oil. Hamlin was one of the old-time Medicine Show sellers, starting with horse and wagon, and holding night time entertainment shows to hawk his products from town to town. He even famously employed a young James Whitcomb Riley for a couple of seasons in the 1870’s. Before anyone knew of his poetry, he sang, played instruments, drew caricatures for people, and told stories. All part of Greenfield Indiana’s own Riley honing his craft to eventually become the most popular poet in America in the 19th Century.

Large advertising sculptures for old patent medicines. The elephant is advertising Hamlins Wizard Oil. Hamlin was one of the old-time Medicine Show sellers, starting with horse and wagon, and holding night time entertainment shows to hawk his products from town to town. He even famously employed a young James Whitcomb Riley for a couple of seasons in the 1870’s. Before anyone knew of his poetry, he sang, played instruments, drew caricatures for people, and told stories. All part of Greenfield Indiana’s own Riley honing his craft to eventually become the most popular poet in America in the 19th Century.

08/07/2021

Watching these guys work making ice cream treats and phosphates is amazing! Our coffee float a huge seller this year!

What’s your favorite memory of visiting the Hook’s Drugstore Museum and Soda Fountain?My favorite part of volunteering e...
08/07/2021

What’s your favorite memory of visiting the Hook’s Drugstore Museum and Soda Fountain?

My favorite part of volunteering every year is hearing people tell wonderful stories about coming to the Fair and visiting as a child, then later bringing their kids, and eventually their grandchildren!

What’s your favorite memory of visiting the Hook’s Drugstore Museum and Soda Fountain?

My favorite part of volunteering every year is hearing people tell wonderful stories about coming to the Fair and visiting as a child, then later bringing their kids, and eventually their grandchildren!

Check out this artifact at the Hook’s Drugstore Museum! Zeno gum company originally made all the Wrigley branded gums fo...
08/07/2021

Check out this artifact at the Hook’s Drugstore Museum! Zeno gum company originally made all the Wrigley branded gums for William Wrigley, when he first got started in the gum business (as a giveaway for his baking powder products in 1892). Zeno, not Wrigley was the company that invented the “Juicy Fruit” and “Spearmint” flavors that are Wrigley mainstays to the current day. Zeno also was also the first company to figure out machines that could automatically wrap and package individual sticks of gum. Prior to this time, each stick had to be painstakingly wrapped by hand, making gum a fairly expensive luxury. Wrigley found the gum giveaways he purchased from Zeno so popular, in 1893 he gave up the baking powder and moved to selling gum full time. He continued however to buy all the gum products he sold from Zeno until he finally bought the company and their factories and dissolved the Zeno name in 1911. This Zeno machine made its debut at the 1893 St Louis Worlds Fair, and represented the first practical coin operated gum machine, another Zeno innovation.

Check out this artifact at the Hook’s Drugstore Museum! Zeno gum company originally made all the Wrigley branded gums for William Wrigley, when he first got started in the gum business (as a giveaway for his baking powder products in 1892). Zeno, not Wrigley was the company that invented the “Juicy Fruit” and “Spearmint” flavors that are Wrigley mainstays to the current day. Zeno also was also the first company to figure out machines that could automatically wrap and package individual sticks of gum. Prior to this time, each stick had to be painstakingly wrapped by hand, making gum a fairly expensive luxury. Wrigley found the gum giveaways he purchased from Zeno so popular, in 1893 he gave up the baking powder and moved to selling gum full time. He continued however to buy all the gum products he sold from Zeno until he finally bought the company and their factories and dissolved the Zeno name in 1911. This Zeno machine made its debut at the 1893 St Louis Worlds Fair, and represented the first practical coin operated gum machine, another Zeno innovation.

Butler School of Pharmacy students are here at Hooks Drug Store Museum today until 5pm giving free blood pressure screen...
08/07/2021

Butler School of Pharmacy students are here at Hooks Drug Store Museum today until 5pm giving free blood pressure screenings and stress ball giveaways while they last.

Come on by if you're in the area!

Purdue and Manchester University will be here next Friday and Saturday, 8/13-14, 2021, doing the same.

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Butler School of Pharmacy students are here at Hooks Drug Store Museum today until 5pm giving free blood pressure screenings and stress ball giveaways while they last.

Come on by if you're in the area!

Purdue and Manchester University will be here next Friday and Saturday, 8/13-14, 2021, doing the same.

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Rock Candy at Hook’s during the Fair!
08/06/2021

Rock Candy at Hook’s during the Fair!

Rock Candy at Hook’s during the Fair!

“Show Globes” the oldest advertising object for drugstores. In Hook’s front window!
08/06/2021

“Show Globes” the oldest advertising object for drugstores. In Hook’s front window!

“Show Globes” the oldest advertising object for drugstores. In Hook’s front window!

Story today in The Indianapolis Star, August 6, 2021. Hook’s Soda Fountain during the Fair rated one of 14 best date ide...
08/06/2021

Story today in The Indianapolis Star, August 6, 2021. Hook’s Soda Fountain during the Fair rated one of 14 best date ideas!

Anyone who says “They just don’t make-em like they used to”, hasn’t been to Hook’s Soda Fountain!  Hand dipped cones, su...
08/06/2021

Anyone who says “They just don’t make-em like they used to”, hasn’t been to Hook’s Soda Fountain! Hand dipped cones, sundaes and our famous ice cream sodas, as well as individually prepared old-time phosphates! This years run-away favorite, our coffee cream float!! Offered in Cherry, Vanilla, or Chocolate, of course! Serving 9am to 9pm every day the Fair is open.

One our favorite advertising pieces in the Museum!  This is a large panel, very colorful, with great subject matter. As ...
08/02/2021

One our favorite advertising pieces in the Museum! This is a large panel, very colorful, with great subject matter. As with many medicinal advertisements 100 years ago, the benefit or efficacy is exaggerated, but it’s easy to see why customers found this approach appealing. Hook’s features many wonderful old advertising posters all around the museum, and we also offer vintage style metal reproduction signs for sale in our gift shop! We are located in between the Home and Family Arts, and Expo Hall on the main Ave. Near 38th St entrance.

Please stop by during the Fair, we’d love to see you!

One our favorite advertising pieces in the Museum! This is a large panel, very colorful, with great subject matter. As with many medicinal advertisements 100 years ago, the benefit or efficacy is exaggerated, but it’s easy to see why customers found this approach appealing. Hook’s features many wonderful old advertising posters all around the museum, and we also offer vintage style metal reproduction signs for sale in our gift shop! We are located in between the Home and Family Arts, and Expo Hall on the main Ave. Near 38th St entrance.

Please stop by during the Fair, we’d love to see you!

Specimen jars. Can you locate them inside the Hooks Museum? We're open during the 2021 Indiana State Fair if you'd like ...
08/02/2021

Specimen jars. Can you locate them inside the Hooks Museum? We're open during the 2021 Indiana State Fair if you'd like to try.
Open again, Wednesday, Aug. 4-Aug. 22, 9am-9pm. *Closed Monday and Tuesday

Specimen jars. Can you locate them inside the Hooks Museum? We're open during the 2021 Indiana State Fair if you'd like to try.
Open again, Wednesday, Aug. 4-Aug. 22, 9am-9pm. *Closed Monday and Tuesday

Got Leeches?……….
08/02/2021

Got Leeches?……….

Got Leeches?……….

If you're interested in volunteering with Hooks Drug Store please attend our public information meeting to learn more. W...
07/31/2021

If you're interested in volunteering with Hooks Drug Store please attend our public information meeting to learn more.
When: Sept. 13, 6-7pm
Where:
Hooks Drug Store Museum
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

If you're interested in volunteering with Hooks Drug Store please attend our public information meeting to learn more.
When: Sept. 13, 6-7pm
Where:
Hooks Drug Store Museum
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Only a taste of the candy display available for purchase at Hooks Drug Store Museum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.Jul...
07/30/2021

Only a taste of the candy display available for purchase at Hooks Drug Store Museum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

July 30-Aug 22, 9am -9pm. *Closed Monday and Tuesday

Only a taste of the candy display available for purchase at Hooks Drug Store Museum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

July 30-Aug 22, 9am -9pm. *Closed Monday and Tuesday

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair! *Closed M...
07/25/2021

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair!
*Closed Monday and Tuesdays

Lots of old favorites back in stock and Iced Coffee Floats as our new soda fountain treat and taste of the state fair item this year.

We can't wait to welcome everyone through our doors again! Hope to see you soon!

#hooksdrugstores #indianastatefairgrounds #indianastatefairexhibit #tasteofthefair #fairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemedicine #antiquepharmacyjars #sodafountain #sodafountains #soda #sodahistory #indianastatefair #indianastatefairexhibits

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair!
*Closed Monday and Tuesdays

Lots of old favorites back in stock and Iced Coffee Floats as our new soda fountain treat and taste of the state fair item this year.

We can't wait to welcome everyone through our doors again! Hope to see you soon!

#hooksdrugstores #indianastatefairgrounds #indianastatefairexhibit #tasteofthefair #fairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemedicine #antiquepharmacyjars #sodafountain #sodafountains #soda #sodahistory #indianastatefair #indianastatefairexhibits

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair! *Closed M...
07/25/2021

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair!
*Closed Monday and Tuesdays

Lots of old favorites back in stock and Iced Coffee Floats as our new soda fountain treat and taste of the state fair item this year.

We can't wait to welcome everyone through our doors again! Hope to see you soon!

#hooksdrugstores #indianastatefairgrounds #indianastatefairexhibit #tasteofthefair #fairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemedicine #antiquepharmacyjars #sodafountain #sodafountains #soda #sodahistory #indianastatefair #indianastatefairexhibits

Everyone get ready...Hooks is back and we're open 9am-9pm, July 30 - Aug. 22, 2021 for the Indiana State Fair!
*Closed Monday and Tuesdays

Lots of old favorites back in stock and Iced Coffee Floats as our new soda fountain treat and taste of the state fair item this year.

We can't wait to welcome everyone through our doors again! Hope to see you soon!

#hooksdrugstores #indianastatefairgrounds #indianastatefairexhibit #tasteofthefair #fairgrounds #indianahistory #antiquemedicine #antiquepharmacyjars #sodafountain #sodafountains #soda #sodahistory #indianastatefair #indianastatefairexhibits

07/10/2021

Now Hiring for 2021 Indiana State Fair

July 30-August 22 : off Mondays and Tuesdays

The Hook’s Historic Drug Store Museum and Soda Fountain has been an exhibit on the Indiana State Fairgrounds since 1966. Set up to replicate a 1900s era drug store with authentic pharmacy antiques, Hook’s goal is to promote the history of pharmacy through immersive learning. Also featured at our exhibit is a one-of-a-kind Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain and Old Time Candy Store where we sell hard-to-find items, gifts and sundry items.

-Cashiers and Soda Fountain workers are needed for a full-time, limited to the State Fair duration position, which pays $9.00/hour + divided tips each shift (*for soda fountain work only) + $100 bonus in last paycheck, (*for bonus to apply, you must arrive on time for every shift assigned).
-Please contact Autumn Hunt, Hook’s Manager, if you are interested in this exciting opportunity, [email protected] and indicate your primary position interest (cashier or soda fountain) and availability for the dates above.
-If hired, you will receive two Hook’s t-shirts for a uniform, parking pass, and admissions tickets for the days you work that allows free entry into the fair premises.

*Positions are on a first-come-first serve basis until available positions are filled.
*Everyone will be trained to fill both cashier and soda positions.
*To be fully considered for the positions available, interested applicants need to be available to work at least 75% of the dates listed above for the Indiana State Fair.
*Hook’s open hours are 9am-9pm for dates listed. If scheduled to close, expect to remain after closing for cleanup.

Hook’s Historic Drug Store Museum and Soda Fountain
1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

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1202 East 38th Street, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN
46205

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Hello, I grew up in Indy in the 60s and well remember Hook's Drugstores. Going through my Grandfather's documents, I ran across the item below. I photographed both sides. There is no date, but I would guess it's pretty old ! Enjoy !
Some pictures and article about my time with Hook Drugs in the late 50s.
Hi there, Is there a list somewhere where all the old Hook's Drug Store's were located. I'm looking to see if the soda fountain I remember in Carmel Indiana in 1967 was one ?