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International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
+1 312-642-6502
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Chicago’s unique spot for medical history

I have been here a few times since moving to Chicago. As someone who loves history in its many... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kelly C
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Chicago, Illinois
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Tourist trap

Admission is US$17. Even if it were free, it's not worh the visit. Some paintings, some posters... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Beto B
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The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically thematized exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program. The Mission of the Museum is to enrich people’s lives by enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the history, development, and advances in surgery and related subjects in health and medicine.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here a few times since moving to Chicago. As someone who loves history in its many forms, this place is the unsung hero of the Chicago museum scene. They have a wide variety of items including an Iron Lung, antique publications, and...More

Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Admission is US$17. Even if it were free, it's not worh the visit. Some paintings, some posters, some artifacts... Booooooring! Plus: no restrooms available (today)

Thank Beto B
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Decided to check this place out on a Saturday afternoon. Came with low expectations and left amazed. The museum has an app that gives you the history of the house as well as the surgical items that are in the rooms. Fascinating to learn about...More

1  Thank Anitamd
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Really loved our self guided tour here. My husband is a dentist, I'm a nurse, and 16yo daughter loves science and forensics. We spent a leisurely 2 hours here on a cold Chicago morning. Interesting medical exhibits interspersed with art, paintings and sculptures. The building...More

Thank ConnieandTom
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We decided to make the trip over and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and ambiance of the old house setting. The museum was $20 a little pricey but worth it if your a history buff. You have 4 floors of odds and ends in the medical...More

Thank johnmcd2
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We saw this museum on a television show and it looked interesting. It is in an old home just off of lakeshore drive. I thought it was expensive, $50 for three people. But I am glad we went. I just would rather have spent less....More

Thank momkelsey
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I was a little hesitant about coming to this museum, I'm not that interested in this kind of stuff. I was surprised about how much I learned and how far we have come in medicine and science. This mansion itself is beautiful and has wonderful...More

Thank Jessica and Car... D
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Went here expecting to see a chamber of horrors and exhibits of the gorier side of surgical history. Mostly statues and paintings, a few cases of surgical tools ( saws,pliers clamps) Sort of repetive tool displays, old bulbs used for X-ray ,and a few letters....More

2  Thank Jeffrey M
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The museum is housed in a beautiful old building. The exhibits are very interesting and you need a fair amount of time to see it all. Very nicely done! There are also original photos of many of the rooms of the house, giving one an...More

1  Thank Beverly R
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Although I am not in the medical field, I have always been fascinated with forensics, how our bodies work and innovations in medicine. All this and more is available for visitors to this most unusual museum. Located in an unassuming four story historical building, the...More

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ghsboomers
27 March 2018|
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Response from Jeffrey M | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have one, but people before us did and they left them at the reception
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Hayley1607
21 January 2018|
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
a couple of hours would be about right. We enjoyed the tiny museum shop with imaginative gifts for the medical people in your life .
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