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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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Nothing interesting in this museum and we are doctors...

“Greeted” by an extremely rude attendant - our guidebook indicated that it was free admission on a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
wishful66
Interesting ...

Honestly left not sure how I felt. The building and atmosphere are interesting and the exhibits are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
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Reviewed yesterday

“Greeted” by an extremely rude attendant - our guidebook indicated that it was free admission on a Tuesday and, on mentioning this, I had my head bitten off that “it CLEARLY STATES on OUR WEBSITE that it is for Illinois residents ONLY”. Having paid $30...More

Thank wishful66
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Honestly left not sure how I felt. The building and atmosphere are interesting and the exhibits are good but somehow I still felt something was lacking. If you have the time it is worth exploring but I certain wouldn’t build a day or trip around.

Thank Zachary S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has potential and the property is quite lovely. The medical information (past and present) is sorely lacking and the flow is awkward. Updates have clearly been overlooked or dismissed and upkeep of displays need a bit of curator TLC. Explanations are minimal and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed visiting this museum. Some of the information and pictures are graphic which make it difficult to comprehend this is how things were actually done in the early days of medicine. Makes me glad I was born when I was. Four floors of exhibits....More

Thank dlmsigh
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum earlier this month-July, 2018. I had higher expectations for the museum. I thought that many of the displays looked as if they could use updating. There is do much happening in the world of medicine...so much happening in Chicago. Maybe different...More

Thank 4infamily
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 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 12 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 28 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

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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
20 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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