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Group Rates

$5.00 per student (School/ Youth K-12)
$8.00 per student (Higher Education and Adult, Non-School Groups)

Reservations Are Required

Field trips and student programs are only available for groups of 10 or more that register at least 14 days prior to the visit date. Please note that pre-registration for field trips is required. Groups that come to the Museum without pre-registration will pay the standard admission rate.

School Field Trips

Field TripThe International Museum of Surgical Science is housed in a historic mansion on Lake Shore Drive. It features exhibits from around the world that trace the fascinating story of surgery's development through the ages.

The Museum's collections, appropriate for grades 5 and up, include art and artifacts that deal with surgery as well as history, science, health, and cultural studies. A field trip to the Museum can be used to complement classroom topics ranging from human anatomy, to medical careers and ancient civilizations.

Field Trip Activities

Groups can sign up for a combination of these activities with a visit to the Museum. Self-guided tours of the IMSS are free on Tuesdays, reservations are required to receive free admission on Tuesdays if there are more than 10 people in your group.

Self-Guided Tours

Teachers are sent a copy of one of these self-guided tour booklets when they book a visit. It should be copied distributed and used to guide the students on their tour of the Museum.

Careers in Medicine
Download a PDF of the self-guided tour.
This tour explores a variety of medical careers from a historical perspective. State Goals 13 & 22

Advances in Medicine
Download a PDF of the self-guided tour.
This tour focuses on objects that illustrate the major advances that made modern surgery possible and the people who made them. State Goals 13 & 22

Anatomy and Physiology
Download a PDF of the self-guided tour.
Student use the Museum’s exhibits to further explore anatomy and physiology. State Goals 12 & 13


The Amputation Demonstration and Surgical Instrument Identification compliment the self-guided tours of the Museum. Reservations to participate in the either program need to be made when a visit is booked. The demonstrations take approximately 25-30 minutes. Each session can seat 20 students at one time.

Instrument IdentificationAmputation Demonstration
This interactive demonstration allows students to experience the way amputation surgeries were performed before the discovery of anesthesia and germ theory. State Goals 13 & 16

Surgical Instruments Identification
Students work in small teams, looking at and handling modern surgical instruments to determine their function by studying the shape of these mystery objects. State Goals 11 & 23

To make a reservation, or if you have any questions,
call 312.642.6502 ext. 3130 or email justina@imss.org









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.