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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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Surgery is cutting edge

Decided to check this place out on a Saturday afternoon. Came with low expectations and left... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anitamd
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Columbus, Ohio
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Not your typical Chicago museum

Really loved our self guided tour here. My husband is a dentist, I'm a nurse, and 16yo daughter... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ConnieandTom
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Louisville, Colorado
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A branch of the International College of Surgeons that is dedicated to portraying the art and science of surgery.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
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1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610-6684
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank ConnieandTom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to make the trip over and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and ambiance of the old house setting. The museum was $20 a little pricey but worth it if your a history buff. You have 4 floors of odds and ends in the medical...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We saw this museum on a television show and it looked interesting. It is in an old home just off of lakeshore drive. I thought it was expensive, $50 for three people. But I am glad we went. I just would rather have spent less....More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I was a little hesitant about coming to this museum, I'm not that interested in this kind of stuff. I was surprised about how much I learned and how far we have come in medicine and science. This mansion itself is beautiful and has wonderful...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Went here expecting to see a chamber of horrors and exhibits of the gorier side of surgical history. Mostly statues and paintings, a few cases of surgical tools ( saws,pliers clamps) Sort of repetive tool displays, old bulbs used for X-ray ,and a few letters....More

2  Thank Jeffrey M
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The museum is housed in a beautiful old building. The exhibits are very interesting and you need a fair amount of time to see it all. Very nicely done! There are also original photos of many of the rooms of the house, giving one an...More

1  Thank Beverly R
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Although I am not in the medical field, I have always been fascinated with forensics, how our bodies work and innovations in medicine. All this and more is available for visitors to this most unusual museum. Located in an unassuming four story historical building, the...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We lived in Chicagoland for 8 years but were unaware of this museum just off Lake Shore Drive in the Lincoln Park area. It doesn't match Philadelphia's Mutter Museum or the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD near D.C.'s Walter Reed...More

1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

My 16 year old daughter, who wants to be a doctor, suggested visiting the museum, and we're all happy we did. The exhibitions are informative and easy to follow even for younger children. The gift shop also has some very humorous merchandise for medical enthusiasts.

Thank Rina600
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ghsboomers
27 March 2018|
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Response from Jeffrey M | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have one, but people before us did and they left them at the reception
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Hayley1607
21 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 .
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