Chicago, Illinois: International Museum of Surgical Science

15,000 items, including enema syringes, Victorian x-ray-proof underwear, 2,000-year-old trepanned skulls from Peruvian tombs, and a "Hall of the Immortals" with statues. Housed in a creepy mansion.
Address:
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
Directions:
Along Lake Shore Drive/US Hwy 41, between Burton Place and North Ave.
Hours:
T-F 10-4, Sa-Su 10-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
312-642-6502
Admission:
Adults $15.
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Maurice Tillet.

International Museum of Surgical Sciences

At the International Museum of Surgical Sciences -- the life-size bust of Maurice Tillet.

[Darick Maasen, 10/14/2012]

Display of prosthetic limbs.

Museum of Surgical Science

It's amazing -- the museum itself is a lovely old building by Lake Michigan (you can see the lake from the museum). Everywhere there is something odd and wonderful, like the case of fake legs I found, cases of odd Ancient Roman surgery tools, a case of kidney stones, Victorian quackery section with Violet Ray and ether masks...you need at least 2-3 hours to go through the place properly! It's great to go around Halloween too, though I am sure the medical students there thought we were the odd ones!

[Nyx, 11/18/2009]
Museum of Surgical Sciences

Nestled among the luxury high-rises of Chicago's Gold Coast lies the Museum of Surgical Sciences. It houses a fascinating array of instruments, artists' renderings and graphic descriptions of the history of surgery. I became especially squeamish at the sight of their collection of antique gynecological instruments. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Admission used to be free, but they now charge a nominal entry fee.

[The Peabodys, 02/15/2000]

The International Museum of Surgical Science has a great collection of medical devices to amuse and horrify: 19th century tin enema syringes; Cornelius Solingen's fork for breast amputation (1684); a Shoe Fitter X-Ray machine; Victorian-era X-Ray proof underwear; 2000 year old trepanned skulls recovered from ancient tombs in Peru, and 15,000 other items. 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive

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