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International Museum of Surgical Science – tickets, prices, what to expect

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The International Museum of Surgical Science maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries dedicated to the history of surgery and a permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. 

At regular intervals, it also conducts medically themed exhibitions and programs.

The International Museum of Surgical Science houses nearly 7,000 medical objects spanning decades of medical history, from acupuncture to X-ray therapy.

You’ll find a collection of exquisite paintings in addition to stuff like iron lungs. 

Famous faces from medical history and a cast of Napoleon’s 1821 death mask are among the more than 600 paintings, prints, and sculptures on display.

International Museum of Surgical Science’s tickets

This International Museum of Surgical Science ticket gets you access to all permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Since this is a Skip the Line ticket, you can avoid the lines at the ticket counter. 

On the day of your visit, you can show the Science Museum’s ticket on your mobile and walk in. 

You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

Cost of tickets

Adult ticket (14 to 64 years): US $17
Child ticket (4 to 13 years): US $9
Senior ticket (65+ years): US $13
Student ticket (with ID): US $13
Educator ticket (with ID): US $13
Military ticket (with military ID): US $13

Kids below three years enter for free, but you must select a free ticket for them on the booking page.

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Surgical Science Museum’s timings

The International Museum of Surgical Science is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm on weekdays.

On Weekends it is open from 10 am to 5 pm. 

The last entry is one hour before closure. 

The Museum remains closed on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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How to reach the Museum

International Museum of Surgical Science address is 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, 60610, Chicago. Get Directions

The Museum is easily accessible by public transport.

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.


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