AAA Editor Notes
International Museum of Surgical Science is at 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr. Housed within a 1917 stone mansion in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, the museum traces the history of surgery from its primitive beginnings and simple instruments to today's latest technology and procedures. Rooms on the museum's four floors are dedicated to various types of surgery including cardiovascular, spinal, orthopedic and ophthalmology. One room details the origins of x-rays and their use in medicine. Other exhibits examine the body's anatomy and the study of pathology.
The first floor features an early 20th-century apothecary shop where a waxwork pharmacist tells visitors about his products. The Hall of Immortals is filled with 10-foot-tall stone sculptures depicting some of the most famous men and women in medical history. Artwork in the Hall of Murals illustrates the development of surgery.
Note: Parking is available at parking garages at 1445 N. State St. and 1350 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours, 30 minutes minimum.