International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago

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#8 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Illinois
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  • August 12, 2017
    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 sho...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This museum is located on 2 (or 3?) floors of a lovely old home on Lake Shore Drive. It covers many health care topics, such as pain management/anesthesia, orthopedic surgery, optometry. A hall of gre...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    Interesting topic however there was a lot of reading and most of the font was very small. A gem for the historical medical enthusiast but not so much for the lay person. Definitely not a place for kid...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    This museum had a lot of reading about medical procedures, research, and issues. It is great to get a detailed overview of the history of medicine, and was an interesting read! The issue I had was that I usually expect a museum with items on display to talk about those items. For example, I would have liked to have heard more about the tongs they had on display that they said were used to help pull babies out during birth. They could have said not about how they were used, why they would be needed, and how often they would be needed for example. A lot of other items on display had even less information. I felt like the museum would be very interesting if I was a medical doctor who had some baseline knowledge about the tools. As a person with little medical knowledge the museum was a lot like reading a textbook. It was a nice amount of curated information but not really a museum in the traditional sense, in my opinion.
  • May 19, 2017
    Very interesting little museum! Like others have said, there is a lot of reading but that brings depth and understanding to the whole experience. It's amazing to see how far we've come with the advancement of medicine and surgical science. Walking around the few floors of this museum made me feel thankful for the doctors and scientist who dedicated their lives to medical research so we all could live happier healthier lives.
  • April 16, 2017
    I came here on a school trip and can't wait to return here again to explore some more. It's a very interesting place, mostly for those interested in the history of medicine, but still an interesting place overall. The staff was friendly and well-educated about everything that we asked them. The location is great, and the view of the beach is amazing. The threw hour drive from Indiana was worth it. (Also, did anyone else get ghostly vibes from the building?)
  • June 6, 2017
    This was a cool place to visit. I liked that it wasn't super busy so I got to spend time at all of the exhibits. There's a lot of stairs so bring comfy shoes.
  • June 12, 2017
    It's an okay museum. Not nearly as horny as you'd want it to be,but has some fascinating old tools,some Florence Nightengale stuff. The old apothecary set up is rather interesting, to see what they used to hand to people as medicine. The house itself is fascinating and formerly owned by a Chicago socialite (she did nothing for her money). The gift store has some cool stuff- cute organ plushies, fancy cuff links, not the usual array of gift store garbage. Worth a visit on a lazy afternoon.

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