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International Museum of Surgical Science

Gold Coast
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Address: 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610-6684
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+1 312-642-6502
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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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Strange and unusual displays

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank now__voyager_melb
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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.

Thank WestCoastChick604
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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 

1 Thank HardCorToronto
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

There are small exhibits of medical devices over history. The exhibits are not vast, but they are informative. The displays include an old fashioned pharmacy, dental office, and optometrist display. There are old instruments that show how they evolved over time. The building is an old mansion. The marble floors nice. The moldings are good. There are no period furnishings.... More 

Thank vdraus
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a fantastic museum near Lincoln Park. It recapitulates medical progress from very early times, and has great examples of early medical equipment, pharmaceutical practices and a very interesting tour of the history of the house. Great app you can download to your smartphone which prompts you to interesting facts.

Thank Robert B
Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We thought the museum would have more to offer like instruments, maybe surgical operation history, specimens..whatever. just more! It was not worth it's money to put it clear. We've seen alot others...better. my other pictures are the same like on their page already. Pic ...florence nightengale

Thank Hirlsa H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Well off the beaten path it encompasses four floors of a stately building, but lacks a high amount of display pieces. The vast majority of the museum is composed of posters which explain various aspects of medical history. While interesting, it is probably not worth the money that you pay to get in. Hopefully the money that the museum has... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

As a retired OR nurse I was looking forward to this museum. It was ok but not what I expected. There were not as many exhibits as I expected and many of them didn't have anything to do with surgery. There were a lot of "posters" with the displays so it was more reading than looking at objects.

4 Thank Dianna S
Southern IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

My daughter and I were here nearly two hours, I am a nurse and she is studying to be one. Free on Tuesdays, we bought several things in the gift shop. Four floors and probably difficult if you have mobility issues but we studied every exhibit and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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