Admission for Two or One-Year Individual or Family Membership to International Museum of Surgical Science (Half Off)

Near North Side

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Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it's listed under cause of death and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $15 for admission for two (up to a $30 value)
  • $20 for a one-year individual membership (a $40 value)
  • $40 for a one-year family membership (a $80 value)

Current exhibits include a groundbreaking exploration of surgicogenomics, an intersection of genetics and stem-cell research, and work by the museum’s artist-in-residence, Annie Heckman. Children age 3 and under receive free admission.

Membership benefits include invitations to programs and events, a coupon for a Hall of Murals poster, and reciprocal free or reduced admission to more than 200 science centers and museums around the world.

International Museum of Surgical Science

When the International Museum of Surgical Science first opened on September 9, 1954, one of its first exhibits—the Hall of Immortals—displayed 12 stone statues of prominent figures in the fields of medicine and allied sciences. Though the museum’s four floors of exhibits have vastly expanded since its inception, the non-profit’s still stands for the very thing the Hall of Immortals celebrated: surgical advancements from around the world. The museum—located at a City of Chicago Landmark historic building—traces that evolution with a collection of more than 7,000 century-spanning artifacts, including prehistoric Peruvian trephined skulls, artificial limbs from the 19th-century, a working iron lung, and original X-rays taken by radiology pioneer Emil Grubbé.

Along with tools of the medical trade, the museum showcases more than 600 paintings and sculptures that depict specific procedures and events. The Anatomy in the Gallery exhibition houses medically themed contemporary art, commissioned oil paintings, and the original plaster casts of Napoleon’s death mask and the expired Twinkies that slowly poisoned him.

Reviews

The International Museum of Surgical Science is a good stop for the aspiring doctors and oddly demented among us.

CBS Chicago, 8/8/11

The exhibits are old-fashioned (no interactive computer displays here), but that's part of the museum's offbeat charm.

Frommer's

In a Nutshell

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

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