$7.00 per student (School/ Youth K-12)
$10.00 per person (Higher Education and Adult, Non-School Groups)
$20 per person after-hours 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Reservations Are Required
- Field trips and student programs are available for groups of 10 or more.
- Book your group at least two weeks in advance to receive the Group Rate. Please note that pre-registration for field trips is required.
- The Museum can accommodate field trips of up to 100 students per day. Groups larger than 30 will be split up into rotations.
- One chaperone/educator per 10 students is required. Chaperones are no charge at 1:10 ratio, any additional pay group rate fee.
- A credit card is required to be kept on file to book your field trip.
- Group organizers are responsible for all students and any damages that occur to Museum displays, artifacts and artworks.
- There is no parking available at the Museum. Bus parking is available through the Chicago Park District. For more information visit Plan Your Visit.
- Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 48 hours before your trip. Cancellations within 48 hours and no-shows will be charged 50% the trip fee.
School Field Trips
The 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 history.
For information on Chicago Park District bus parking reservations, visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrictparking.com/bus-parking/
Field Trip Activities
Groups can sign up for a combination of the below activities with a visit to the Museum. Self-guided tours of the Museum are free on Tuesdays for Illinois schools; reservations required.
The Amputation Demonstration or Surgical Instrument Identification compliment the self-guided and guided tours of the Museum with hands-on student interactivity.
Guided tours act as an informative and memorable experience for visiting groups. Tours can be given to groups ages 5th grade and up and always compliment the overall Museum visit. Approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. 35 students maximum per rotation.
This interactive demonstration allows students to experience the most common surgery performed before the discovery of anesthesia and germ theory. 25 minutes. 35 students maximum per rotation.
Surgical Instrument Identification Activity
Students work in small teams, looking at and handling modern surgical instruments to determine their function by studying the shape of these mystery objects. Approximately 25 minutes. 35 students maximum per rotation.
Chaperones and educators are responsible for students’ well-being and conduct in the Museum. They must patrol students for the duration of the field trip to follow the Museum guidelines and rules. The Museum does not have a cafeteria or eating space onsite.
- No running, yelling or disturbing Museum visitors.
- No outside food or drink. No gum allowed.
- Notebooks and pencils are acceptable; no pens, markers or other artwork materials.
- No touching of Museum displays, wall texts, cases, lighting, artworks, or artifacts.
“Each semester I bring my Comics Narratives: Illness, Disability, and Recovery class from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a tour of the IMSS. The lively tours, peppered with stories about shocking surgical scandals, humorous anecdotes, and informative details, have kept my students engaged and eager to learn more as they generate related ideas for comics projects. The trip to the IMSS is always a class favorite, as students are able to place current ideas about health in historical context.”
Katharine Houpt, ATR-BC, LCP, Lecturer, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“Our annual visit to the International Museum of Surgical Science is the perfect capstone to the Rush Mini Medical School Program for 4th and 5th graders. The museum’s staff is great to work with and the kids love the exhibits.”
Keith Boyd MD, Director, Rush Medical College’s Mini Medical School
To make a reservation, or if you have any questions, contact Miranda Pettengill at 312.642.6502 ext. 3120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.