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International Museum of Surgical Science

Open Now: 09:30 - 17:00
Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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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
Recalling the history of surgical science

At first glance, it looks like just another magnificent building on Chicago's Gold Coast with a... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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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
Gold Coast
+1 312-642-6502
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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

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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

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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.

2  Thank Zachary S
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

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

1  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

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

1  Thank Kelly C
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)

1  Thank Beto B
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
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

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mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred
restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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27 March 2018|
Response from Jeffrey M | 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 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 .