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International Museum of Surgical Science Photo courtesy of peterme
  • 1524 N Lakeshore Dr

    Chicago, IL 60610

  • Phone: 312-642-6502


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One of Chicago's most interesting and least famous museums, the International Museum of Surgical Science is a true gem. Chock-full of photos and artifacts from surgery's often gruesome development through the centuries, the museum is definitely not for those with a weak stomach. Check out a trepanned skull from Peru, early surgical implements, and even a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century dentist's office. The museum is housed in a four-floor Gold Coast house from 1917.

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