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International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610-6684
+1 312-642-6502
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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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surprising find

Searched the internet for interesting things to do while visiting Chicago for the weekend. As my... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Masako W
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  • Average18%
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1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610-6684
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+1 312-642-6502
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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...More

Thank pookala
Reviewed 5 days ago

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...More

Thank Masako W
Reviewed 6 days ago 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...More

Thank GlobalKidsTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks 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....More

Thank goldmann
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...More

Thank Poodlegirl1968
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank peterfan
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...More

Thank Marcus B
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank panama2000
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...More

Thank Andrea F
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...More

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