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International Museum of Surgical Science

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Address: 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610-6684
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10:00 - 16:00
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A branch of the International College of Surgeons that is dedicated to...

A branch of the International College of Surgeons that is dedicated to portraying the art and science of surgery.

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Interesting, Odd, Informative & Endearing

This is a quirky little gem of a museum, perfect for a one to two hour excursion on a rainy day. What was once obviously a private collection of professional colleagues is now a... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a quirky little gem of a museum, perfect for a one to two hour excursion on a rainy day. What was once obviously a private collection of professional colleagues is now a great place in Chicago to get a taste of the past seen through the lens of medicine as well as history. The 2 dimensional art (paintings),... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Searched the internet for interesting things to do while visiting Chicago for the weekend. As my fiance and I are both in the medical field, we thought this looked like a fun little excursion. We grabbed an Uber to Old Town and found ourselves at the steps of an enormous, gorgeous building right on the Lakeshore. Be forewarned, this is... More 

Thank Masako W
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend of mine and I were in the neighborhood and saw the museum. My son was sound asleep in his stroller so we decided to give it a try. Plus I had heard of the Charles Lindbergh artifact and was looking forward to seeing it. The young lady at the reception was colder than ice. First she made us... More 

Thank GlobalKidsTravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not a museum. You pay 15 $ to see some artifacts that are absolutely not interesting for a surgeon. Almost no instruments, no surgical explanation. Absolutely d paintings on the walls. Waist of money. There is nothing on display. Do not go there. There is nothing.

Thank goldmann
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You'll have to do a lot of reading to get meaningful information at this museum. There are 4 floors of exhibitions. My favorites: a room with statues of historically important people from science & medicine (Ex.-Lister, Hipporates, Pasteur). The information presented about each person was interesting and concise and new to me. I also enjoyed the wound healing presentation. I... More 

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Flushing, MI
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We saw this museum featured in the Travel Channel show "Mystery at the Museum". As we had a six hour lay over taking the train from Michigan to New Orleans, this was the perfect filler for the time we had available. It is better if one has some interest in medical information; my daughter and I enjoyed it very much,... More 

Thank peterfan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

I liked the museum, although I do have to say I was expecting a little more. Some rooms have wonderful exhibits and information, but others are pretty lackluster, having just some paintings on the walls. Although "dark", I was expecting something from the german Nazi era, since it was one of the periods where surgery advanced the most. Overall, it's... More 

Thank Marcus B
Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This is a quirky place in an old mansion on Lake Shore Drive a few blocks north of the Drake Hotel at the top of Michigan Avenue. It has a full 4 floors of exhibits, some more current than others, but over all there is a lot to learn.

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Northville, Michigan
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We brought a bus load of high school seniors in an Advanced Medicine class & they really enjoyed this! There is a ton of information & super-cool historical surgical stuff here. You will leave completely educated on the early years of surgical science! There are a lot of stairs, so be prepared, but it's worth it. They even got a... More 

Thank Andrea F
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

I was a little disappointed in this museum. After visiting the Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh where I was completely disgusted but couldn't leave at the same time I was expecting an awful lot more. This museum is quite dated and the exhibits weren't all that engaging. There were a lot of instruments and some amazing murals but I was hoping... More 

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