New event venue

Our event, Science to Humanity:  The Autopsy, is moving to a new venue. Join us at the International Museum of Surgical Science starting July 30 for Science to Humanity; and stay tuned for more educational events in 2014-2015. The facility is located along Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast just one block south of North Avenue. Discounted parking is available nearby, including at the Chicago History Museum. The venue is wheelchair accessible.


While at the museum you can see some of the most innovative tools and procedures from the history of medicine. Exhibits cover such diverse subjects such as ophthalmology and orthopedics, and come from all over the world and every part of history. The IMSS collection ranges from an Iron Lung and early artificial limbs to a 19th century pharmacy featuring Dr. Miles’ Cactus Compound, Lydia Pinkham’s Blood Medicine and many other elixirs from ages past.

Surgical tools

In addition to artifacts from medical history, guests can also see modern artwork devoted to medical innovation and the creative spirit of health science.  Works by Artist-in-Residence Vesna Jovanovic and the Anatomy in the Gallery exhibit provide a current perspective on the long tradition of art in medicine.

Vesna Jovanovic

The IMSS was established in 1954 by the International College of Surgeons and Dr. Max Thorek. It is the oldest medical museum in Chicago and one of the few in the Midwest. Capably staffed by volunteers, the museum has become an attraction for students and adults alike.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610