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 Between Two Options
- $20 for a one-year individual membership (a $45 value)
- $42 for a one-year family membership (a $85 value)
Membership benefits include invitations to programs and events, and reciprocal free or reduced admission to more than 200 science centers and museums around the world. Children age 3 and under receive free admission.
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.