International Museum of Surgical Science

International Museum of Surgical Science The mission of the Museum is to enrich people's lives by enhancing their appreciation and understandi Turn south and walk a block to the Museum. Banks Street
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Since 1954, the International Museum of Surgical Science has provided education on the history and progress of surgery and related medical sciences to hundreds of thousands of visitors. As a not-for-profit division of the International College of Surgeons, the Museum depicts contributions from around the world to the history, development, and advances of surgery and related subjects in health and

medicine. The International College of Surgeons pays tribute to the Taiwan Public Health System in fighting the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. The Taiwan Public Health System has always been in the vanguard of world health matters. Housed in a historic mansion, the Museum building is a City of Chicago Landmark and is listed in the National Register and Illinois Register of Historic Places. The elegant structure, known as the Eleanor Robinson Countiss House, is patterned after Le Petit Trianon, a French chateau built on the grounds of Versailles for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Designed by noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, the building was completed in 1917. Original interior finishes of marble and cut stone; decorative plasterwork, metal fixtures, and hardware; eight fireplaces; and a gilded metal grand staircase are among the features, which have been preserved. The building truly embodies the Gold Coast splendor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. GENERAL INFORMATION
The Museum is closed on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. ADMISSION

Adults - $19.00
Senior Citizens (ages 65+) - $15.00
Students, Educators & Members of the Military (with ID) - $15.00
Children ages 4–13 (Free for ages 3 & under) - $11.00
Children ages 3 and under - FREE

IMSS Members - FREE

No Refunds • No Exchanges • No Re-Entry

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The Museum is easily accessible by bus or train.

* The CTA bus #151 stops at North Avenue, half a block north of the Museum.

* From the Clark/Division stop of the Red Line elevated train walk east on Division until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn north and walk a few blocks to the Museum.

* From the Sedgwick stop of the Brown Line and Purple Line Express elevated train, walk east on North Avenue until you reach Lake Shore Drive. For train and bus schedules call the RTA/CTA at 312-836-7000. PARKING

Ample discounted parking is available in 2 locations within a few minutes’ walk of the Museum. Retrieve a discounted validation voucher/stamp at the Museum box office to present to the parking attendant upon exiting the lot/ramp. PARKING OPTION

Standard Parking Lot - Behind the Chicago History Museum located on Clark and LaSalle Streets, Chicago, IL 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive

Standard Parking Lot - in condominium building at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on E.

Join us for the opening reception of the newest exhibition, "Broken Yet Whole," by artist Tanya Gill on Nov 10, 6~8PM!RS...
11/03/2023

Join us for the opening reception of the newest exhibition, "Broken Yet Whole," by artist Tanya Gill on Nov 10, 6~8PM!

RSVP Link in Bio.

Join us tomorrow night!Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the da...
10/29/2023

Join us tomorrow night!

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offering a historical tour illustrating dark artifacts housed in the museum once touched by major pandemics and mysterious happenings. Whether you're a seasoned medical buff or a curious adventurer of the dark, the Haunted Mansion Flashlight Tour promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with spooky surprises.

Choose from tours at 6 PM, 8 PM and now 10 PM! Flashlights will be provided. 21+ BYOB

Ticket Link in Bio.

Stop by this weekend to   . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in diffe...
10/27/2023

Stop by this weekend to . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in different rooms at the museum. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the season.🍭🍬🍫

Reminder: Museum hours are shortened during the weekends of October. Make sure to check our website for hours of operation.

Free with admission

If you missed the tour yesterday, you still have a chance! Next week, On Oct 30th, get ready to embark on an adventure t...
10/25/2023

If you missed the tour yesterday, you still have a chance!

Next week, On Oct 30th, get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offering a historical tour illustrating dark artifacts housed in the museum once touched by major pandemics and mysterious happenings. Whether you're a seasoned medical buff or a curious adventurer of the dark, the Haunted Mansion Flashlight Tour promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with spooky surprises.💀💀💀

Choose from tours at 6 PM, 8 PM and 10 PM! Flashlights will be provided. 21+ BYOB

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haunted-mansion-flashlight-tour-at-imss-tickets-733033983377?aff=oddtdtcreator

The gesture of repair in art is a powerful and moving metaphor for human healing, both physical and emotional. Broken Ye...
10/22/2023

The gesture of repair in art is a powerful and moving metaphor for human healing, both physical and emotional. Broken Yet Whole explores mending and all its implications through broken yet mended objects, darning, and painting. The work speaks to our human optimism and also our failures. A tender attempt to recreate the legs of a broken figurine horse or repair a damaged book demonstrates love and determination. However, in the end, the attempt falls short. Once broken, we/things are never the same. At the same time, becoming broken is inevitable and does not negate wholeness.

Tanya Gill's latest exhibit, Broken Yet Whole opens Nov. 10th!

https://imss.org/broken-yet-whole/

The National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is coming to IM...
10/22/2023

The National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is coming to IMSS Nov. 7th!

This exhibit explores the power of the novel to expose hidden fears of science and technology as human efforts to pe*****te the secrets of nature continue. Mary Shelley’s story served as a metaphor for apprehensions about scientific advancement that continue to resonate today.

https://imss.org/frankenstein-penetrating-the-secrets-of-nature/

TOMORROW at 7PM! Clout is the duo project of Hunter Brown and Jakob Heinemann. Through the medium of electroacoustic imp...
10/22/2023

TOMORROW at 7PM!

Clout is the duo project of Hunter Brown and Jakob Heinemann. Through the medium of electroacoustic improvisation, Clout navigates monolithic sonic territories including stringent rhythmic textures, perforated noise, and silence. The fringes of perception and the austere are equally laid bare when this duo is on stage.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clout-tickets-721660314427?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=ebdsshcopyurl


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Stop by this weekend to   . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in diffe...
10/20/2023

Stop by this weekend to . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in different rooms at the museum. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the season.🍭🍬🍫

Reminder: Museum hours are shortened during the weekends of October. Make sure to check our website for hours of operation.

Free with admission

Ok! Come visit us since “the bean” is off limit! We didn’t say that,  said it, and we agree! ✌️
10/19/2023

Ok! Come visit us since “the bean” is off limit! We didn’t say that, said it, and we agree! ✌️

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offeri...
10/18/2023

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offering a historical tour illustrating dark artifacts housed in the museum once touched by major pandemics and mysterious happenings. Whether you're a seasoned medical buff or a curious adventurer of the dark, the Haunted Mansion Flashlight Tour promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with spooky surprises.💀💀💀

Join us on Oct 30th!

Choose from tours at 6 PM and 8 PM. Flashlights will be provided. 21+ BYOB

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haunted-mansion-flashlight-tour-at-imss-tickets-733033983377?aff=oddtdtcreator

Join us for a concert with Clout on October 23rd, 7PM! Clout is the duo project of Hunter Brown and Jakob Heinemann. Thr...
10/17/2023

Join us for a concert with Clout on October 23rd, 7PM! Clout is the duo project of Hunter Brown and Jakob Heinemann. Through the medium of electroacoustic improvisation, Clout navigates monolithic sonic territories including stringent rhythmic textures, perforated noise, and silence. The fringes of perception and the austere are equally laid bare when Clout is on stage.


.music

Time for   . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in different rooms at t...
10/10/2023

Time for . Join us on weekend mornings in the month of October to scavenge for candies located in different rooms at the museum. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the season.🍭🍬🍫

Reminder: Museum hours are shortened during the weekends of October. Make sure to check our website for hours of operation.

Free with admission

Our accessible guided tours and interactive activities are a great way to get educated away from the classroom or inspir...
10/10/2023

Our accessible guided tours and interactive activities are a great way to get educated away from the classroom or inspired out of the office. Plus, enjoy a discounted admission price for everyone in your group! Reach out to [email protected] for inquiries.

The International Museum of Surgical Science has collaborated with M2M Entertainment this year for a Halloween Special f...
10/09/2023

The International Museum of Surgical Science has collaborated with M2M Entertainment this year for a Halloween Special featuring "40% Collection, 60% Scary." Guests will be able to experience artistic Halloween interpretation inside our historic mansion. Guests shall be warned, it is not for the faint of heart. For a regular IMSS experience, please visit us again after Nov. 6, 2023. During this time, the Museum will also host the “Haunted Soiree” by M2M Entertainment.

Special evening event tickets can be purchased at https://hauntedsoiree.com/.

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offeri...
10/08/2023

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the eerie corridors of the historic mansion in the dark. IMSS will be offering a historical tour illustrating dark artifacts housed in the museum once touched by major pandemics and mysterious happenings. Whether you're a seasoned medical buff or a curious adventurer of the dark, the Haunted Mansion Flashlight Tour promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with spooky surprises. 💀💀💀

Choose from tours at 6 PM and 8 PM. Flashlights will be provided. 21+ BYOB

Join us on Oct 30th!

Ticket Link Below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haunted-mansion-flashlight-tour-at-imss-tickets-733033983377?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

It's October, Spooky is in the air! IMSS is collaborating with M2M this year to bring a new special Halloween mash-up ex...
10/04/2023

It's October, Spooky is in the air! IMSS is collaborating with M2M this year to bring a new special Halloween mash-up experience in our exhibitions. Limited-Time only, come by before it's gone!

(Special hours applied)



IMSS is CLOSED early for a Private Event tomorrow. Please visit us on 10/3, as we reopen with regular hours of operation...
10/02/2023

IMSS is CLOSED early for a Private Event tomorrow. Please visit us on 10/3, as we reopen with regular hours of operation. Thank you!

Join us for the Taiwan Room Re-opening Ceremony tomorrow at 5pm!The International College of Surgeons Taiwan Section (IC...
09/13/2023

Join us for the Taiwan Room Re-opening Ceremony tomorrow at 5pm!

The International College of Surgeons Taiwan Section (ICSTW) successfully applied for the establishment of the Taiwan Room in 2012. In response to the trend of digitization in healthcare technology, the Taiwan Room underwent a hardware and software equipment upgrade. In addition to showcasing a wide range of remarkable achievements in Taiwanese surgical medicine, epidemic prevention, and international cooperation to keep up with the times, the upgraded Room will provides visitors with a multi-dimensional understanding of Taiwan. Join us for a re-opening ceremony this Thursday.

5 – 5:30pm Welcome

5:30 – 6pm Re-opening Ceremony

6 – 7pm Tour of Taiwan Room

7 – 8pm Reception

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Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

Join us for the Taiwan Room Re-opening Ceremony on Thursday, September 14th, 5pm – 8pm.The International College of Surg...
09/09/2023

Join us for the Taiwan Room Re-opening Ceremony on Thursday, September 14th, 5pm – 8pm.
The International College of Surgeons Taiwan Section (ICSTW) successfully applied for the establishment of the Taiwan Room in 2012. In response to the trend of digitization in healthcare technology, the Taiwan Room underwent a hardware and software equipment upgrade. In addition to showcasing a wide range of remarkable achievements in Taiwanese surgical medicine, epidemic prevention, and international cooperation to keep up with the times, the upgraded Room will provides visitors with a multi-dimensional understanding of Taiwan. Join us for a re-opening ceremony this Thursday.

5 – 5:30pm Welcome

5:30 – 6pm Re-opening Ceremony

6 – 7pm Tour of Taiwan Room

7 – 8pm Reception

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Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

TOMORROW at 12pm! Join IMSS at the Graceland Cemetery for an offsite program and walking tour.Life & Limb; Civil War Amp...
09/09/2023

TOMORROW at 12pm!
Join IMSS at the Graceland Cemetery for an offsite program and walking tour.

Life & Limb; Civil War Amputations & Burial Practices
We will meet in the Chapel at Graceland Cemetery at 4001 N. Clark Street for a presentation before the walking tour.

Joint talks, presentation of research material, and demonstrations will be hosted by Graceland Cemetery and the International Museum of Surgical Science with subjects of discussion related to the practice of amputation, how amputation evolved during the Civil War, the burial of amputated limbs, and a case study of a limb burial at Graceland.

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Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating please contact us at [email protected].

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

If it rains, we will still hold the presentation in the chapel but cancel the walking portion of the tour.

Graceland Cemetery & Arboretum

Come join us TOMORROW, 7PM, for Engulf-enkindle: music of György Kurtág, Michael Hersch, and Enno Poppe. Soprano Ah Youn...
09/07/2023

Come join us TOMORROW, 7PM, for Engulf-enkindle: music of György Kurtág, Michael Hersch, and Enno Poppe. Soprano Ah Young Hong, bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward, and violinist Will Overcash will put up a night of great music at IMSS.

Get your tickets early!

Eventbrite Ticket Link in Bio.
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Exploring Anatomy Through STEM Fiction - The authors of Cadaver Chronicles: The Code of Silence are using the medium of ...
09/02/2023

Exploring Anatomy Through STEM Fiction - The authors of Cadaver Chronicles: The Code of Silence are using the medium of STEM fiction to reach and inspire the next generation of scientists and healthcare providers. Learn about the importance of the anatomical sciences in the health professions and see how projected healthcare shortages emboldened the authors to share their passion for anatomy and the medical sciences with young adults. Come mingle with the authors and take in the sites of the museum. Just don’t stay past closing…or you might forever be bound to the code of silence.

10:30am – 11:15am: Presentation, 11:15am-12:15pm: Book signing. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-and-book-signing-cadaver-chronicles-tickets-708565517537?aff=oddtdtcreator

It's Labor Day! Big Sale, Time to Buy! Use code: LABORDAY23Visit our site imss.org or bio link
09/01/2023

It's Labor Day! Big Sale, Time to Buy!
Use code: LABORDAY23

Visit our site imss.org or bio link

A performance lecture in conjunction with the current IMSS exhibition “We Will Survive as Hybrids”."This project plumbs ...
09/01/2023

A performance lecture in conjunction with the current IMSS exhibition “We Will Survive as Hybrids”.
"This project plumbs the depths of the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the “Grotesque”: a sacred place of intersection between visual culture and the depths of the subconscious.
I am embracing the Grotesque as embodiment of creation and procreation, the Renaissance wonder and vitality along with the Feminist corporeal sensibility. I consistently re-enact the world being born: the moment of birth, of delivery. Emulating the biological: morphology, deformity, through wonders of technology and mediation. Joy of delivery. Empowerment of a Cyborg." -Galina Schevchenko

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/performance-lecture-galina-shevchenko-tickets-706943205157?aff=oddtdtcreator

Let’s celebrate our brains! Learn basic needle felting techniques to create cute, fluffy brains- including the option to...
08/31/2023

Let’s celebrate our brains! Learn basic needle felting techniques to create cute, fluffy brains- including the option to rock them as back-to-school accessories by turning them into keychains! Lucia Calderon Arrieta (they/she) will show you how to gather, shape, and embellish your heart from fluffy roving to wearable masterpiece!

12-3PM, Open to students ages 8+ (8-12 years old with an adult). Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/felted-brain-keychains-workshop-tickets-706927397877?aff=oddtdtcreator

Happy Labor Day! The IMSS will be taking the day off, but but we'll be reopening our doors on Tuesday, September 5th. En...
08/30/2023

Happy Labor Day! The IMSS will be taking the day off, but but we'll be reopening our doors on Tuesday, September 5th. Enjoy the long weekend!

Come join us September 8th, 7PM, for Engulf-enkindle: music of György Kurtág, Michael Hersch, and Enno Poppe. Soprano Ah...
08/28/2023

Come join us September 8th, 7PM, for Engulf-enkindle: music of György Kurtág, Michael Hersch, and Enno Poppe. Soprano Ah Young Hong, bassoonist Ben Roidl-Ward, and violinist Will Overcash will put up a night of great music at IMSS.

Get your tickets early!

Eventbrite Ticket Link in Bio.


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency
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1524 N Lake Shore Drive
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Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(312) 642-6502

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Since 1954, the International Museum of Surgical Science has provided education on the history and progress of surgery and related medical sciences to hundreds of thousands of visitors. As a not-for-profit division of the International College of Surgeons, the Museum depicts contributions from around the world to the history, development and advances of surgery and related subjects in health and medicine. Housed in a historic mansion, the Museum building is a City of Chicago Landmark and is listed in the National Register and Illinois Register of Historic Places. The elegant structure, known as the Eleanor Robinson Countiss House, is patterned after Le Petit Trianon, a French chateau built on the grounds of Versailles for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Designed by noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, the building was completed in 1917. Original interior finishes of marble and cut stone; decorative plaster work, metal fixtures and hardware; eight fireplaces; and a gilded metal grand staircase are among the features, which have been preserved. The building truly embodies the Gold Coast splendor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. GENERAL INFORMATION The Museum is closed on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. IMSS is also closed during the Chicago Air and Water Show weekend. ADMISSION Adults - $17.00 Students, Educators, Members or the Military (with ID) - $13.00 Senior Citizens (ages 65+) - $13.00 Children ages 4–13 (Free for ages 3 & under) - $9.00 Children ages 3 and under - FREE IMSS Members - FREE No Refunds • No Exchanges • No Re-Entry PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Museum is easily accessible by bus or train. * The CTA bus #151 stops at North Avenue, half a block north of the Museum. * From the Clark/Division stop of the Red Line elevated train walk east on Division until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn north and walk a few blocks to the Museum. * From the Sedgwick stop of the Brown Line and Purple Line Express elevated train, walk east on North Avenue until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn south and walk a block to the Museum. For train and bus schedules call the RTA/CTA at 312-836-7000. PARKING Ample discounted parking is available in 3 locations within a few minutes’ walk of the Museum. Retrieve a discounted validation voucher/stamp at the Museum box office to present to the parking attendant upon exiting the lot/ramp. PARKING OPTION Standard Parking Lot - Behind the Chicago History Museum located on Clark and LaSalle Streets, Chicago, IL 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive Standard Parking Lot - in condominium building at 1445 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on Burton Place. Standard Parking Lot - in condominium building at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on E. Banks Street


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