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International Museum of Surgical Science

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Address: 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
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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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This museum was very interesting. Lots to see, including a complete skeleton and an iron lung. The apothecary's shop was fascinating with an audio commentary about how he made... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
Pamela R
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Chapin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very educational experience. We learned a lot about the history of the medical field. There are plenty of things to see a read.

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Berkhamsted, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure what I was expecting - the museum is quite dated: a lot of written detail with a few interesting exhibits, paintings and statues of renowned historical figures and a bizarre top floor installation that had nothing to do with the rest of the museum. Worth an hour's visit maybe - although quite expensive at $15. Maybe of more... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I didn't know what we were missing. For years, we have walked past the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, which is located only two blocks from our condominium on the Gold Coast. We admired the lakeside mansion and vowed several times to visit the museum. But it took an article in... More 

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Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a surgical nurse, I was disappointed in this museum as it seemed quite dated without engaging exhibits regarding surgery. There were some instruments and great murals commissioned in 1953 but I was hoping for more historical information on surgery and possibly a few specimens from surgery itself (the bowls of gallstones were nice and burr hole exhibit with skulls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked this museum. It covers 4 floors with multiple exhibit rooms on each floor. Lots of large paintings depicting medical wards, surgical procedures, etc. adorn the walls and the art is quite good. Some of the murals are huge and span an entire wall. There is a little bit of everything and if you read everything you'd spend... More 

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Thank AmyofLansingMI
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This museum was very interesting. Lots to see, including a complete skeleton and an iron lung. The apothecary's shop was fascinating with an audio commentary about how he made his medications. Huge paintings of various operations - be careful if you are squeamish. The museum led us through the history of surgical procedures and we spent a couple of hours... More 

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Thank Pamela R
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to us and we caught a bus from downtown for a scenic ride north along the bay, only 15 minutes or so. It's a small museum in a lovely old Victorian mansion filled with the most bizarre tools and implements. We enjoyed a pleasant 45 minutes before bussing back to the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are both in the medical field and had several people recommend this museum. The exhibits are educational and fascinating. It only takes about 2 hours to tour the entire museum. I just wish it was bigger.

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Thank Christine P
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Located just south of Lincoln Park on Lakeshore Drive. Good opportunity to step inside an old 4-floor mansion. Interesting artifacts of all things surgical/medical and more (e.g. ancient specula, iron lung, glass eyes, bone saws, gallstones, pharmacy logs). Tuesdays are free. Stroll nearby Astor Street to ogle the Gold Coast mansions.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Bought the Groupon and took a lovely walk along the lake to the Surgical Science Museum. Gorgeous building, with what look like original bathrooms (very cool). Not crowded. A diverse group of exhibits - medical history of Chicago was neat, though my favourite was the pharmacy section, including the recreation of a turn of the century drug store and the... More 

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Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic 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 Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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