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International Museum of Surgical Science

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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From its very title, this museum announces that it may not be for everyone. And it wasn't for 2 of the 4 of us. But as others have mentioned, it is much more than one would think. The two who appreciated it were visual artists,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 3, 2019

This museum is just north of the N Michigan shopping district, in a beautiful old home. There are lots of displays about the history of medicine. Someone asked, and no, there aren't "a lot of body parts in bottles," but there are many old instruments...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

If you ever wondered why people would ever put a hole in their head or gave their left leg for a better life, this is the place to find out! The museum houses an exceptional timeline of artifacts and paintings that tell the story of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019

Very nice pieces and a wealth of information. Museum itself is hard to navigate both from parking stand point to getting in building as well as walking around. I recommend a tour guide or someone who has been there before to walk you around. Very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Good museum - you need about 2 hours to take in everything. I think the $17 entrance is good value particularly when compared to price of other museums in Chicago. This museum is probably for a niche market and you would probably want to have...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

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
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Reviewed November 1, 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
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Reviewed October 24, 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
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Reviewed September 4, 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
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Reviewed August 15, 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
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restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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March 27, 2018|
Response from JeffreyM233 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have one, but people before us did and they left them at the reception
January 20, 2018|
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Response from aryana2 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the long delay in responding! Depends entirely on your level of obsession with things forensic! It's a very small museum but packed with great stuff, so I took about 3.5 hours to get through it. But one could... More