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International Museum of Surgical Science

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:00
Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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Odd, but interesting

Not the biggest or best museum, but it's an interesting little excursion if you have an interest... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim R
Ames, Iowa
Interesting and unique

I enjoyed visiting this museum. Some of the information and pictures are graphic which make it... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
long island, ny
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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...more
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1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
Near North Side
+1 312-642-6502
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the biggest or best museum, but it's an interesting little excursion if you have an interest the topic and some time to kill.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jim R
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

$17 admission is expensive for what you get. Some of the exhibits were interesting (tools and machines used before), some were boring (paintings of scenes, if they used dioramas would have been better). The only reason this isn't a 1 star is because the space...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank leetb
Reviewed 24 October 2018

This museum contains art and artifacts showing the history or medical care including surgery, ophthalmology, treatment of polio, etc. As I'm rather squeamish, a lot of the oil paintings of old time surgeons with their hands in the innards of patients was too much for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SusanKelly29
Reviewed 4 September 2018

At first glance, it looks like just another magnificent building on Chicago's Gold Coast with a wonderful view of Lake Michigan. In fact, it is a 1917 mansion designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw as a replica of a building at Versailles. Located at 1524...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 15 August 2018

“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

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank wishful66
Reviewed 13 August 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank zacharys200
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank allbeers
Reviewed 31 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank dlmsigh
Reviewed 28 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 4infamily
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

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Kelly C
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27 March 2018|
Response from JeffreyM233 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have one, but people before us did and they left them at the reception
20 January 2018|
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Response from B6286SMdianes | 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 .