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Beyond Broken Bones

The "Beyond Broken Bones" exhibit highlights the past, present, and potential of medical innovations for diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Contemporary instruments and products, historical artifacts, and large-scale text and image panels on display showcase a continuum of advancements.

This comprehensive exhibit begins with the birth of orthopedics with Nicolas Andry in the 17th century and include discoveries and milestones in orthopedic surgery, as well as the evolution of amputation methods and prosthesis design from ancient times to the present. Featured in the exhibit are historical artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection, including ancient bone-cutting tools, Civil War amputation kits, and 19th-century splints and artificial limbs. These objects are accompanied by archival manuscripts and artworks in several media that highlight orthopedic and prosthetic pioneers and their great discoveries and inventions. Recent advances in the fields, such as arthroscopy and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, in addition to myoelectric and microprocessor-controlled artificial limbs, are also discussed.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of:


This project is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610 USA
fax 312.642.9516


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Last admission will be taken one hour before the closing time.