International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago

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  • Interesting place in Chicago, far from the city centre, in a quiet and peaceful place, recommend to everyone to visit. Nothing particularly appalling and unpleasant is not there, just pretty interesting collection of what and how were treated only a few decades ago and that now it is unbearable to many of us imagine. Look carefully, once a week you can come for free. Bus stop very close walk to go will be far.
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  • 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 ro...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • A cool little museum that while small is fill with as much information and history that they can place in there. They also home a number of old surgical books that are just too interesting to not think on what's in them. This place was also a home and the museum has images of what the rooms used to look like back when it was actually a home.
  • What a great place to check out! Not only is their collection amazing, but the building itself is a perfect example of the grand architecture of the era. Each room is special, along with the collection on display. I left there amazed that anyone surgery back in the day!
  • Wowsa this place is COOL. I had no idea it existed and I came here to see an exhibit of paintings made from blood. Gory, I know but they were gorgeous pieces of art. Entrance is 15$ and there are 4 floors with historical and literary information about surgery from around the world as well as lots of exhibits. Nice to take your nerdy teen to!
  • It's an okay museum. Not nearly as gory as you'd want it to be, but has 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.
  • Hidden treasure of Chicago! Wonderful little museum. Make sure you go on Tuesdays if you’re from Illinois so you can go for free. It’s not a big museum, probably about an hour worth of time. Unless your looking to hang out at the table in the library to work. 🤘🏼

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