The Museum’s four floors are filled with extraordinary artifacts, as well as paintings, illustrations and sculptures that interpret the pre-modern and modern healing practices of human civilization. From early practices to today’s revolutionary techniques, the Museum’s collections and exhibits portray the mysteries, breakthroughs, failures, and milestones that have shaped modern surgical science. Museum exhibits are installed according to theme or surgical discipline.
Trephining in Ancient Peru
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contemporary Art Galleries
The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in surgical science and our relationship to the body. The Museum’s Contemporary Arts Initiative includes rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as an ongoing Artist in Residence program. Currently on view:
The Hall of Immortals
The Hall of Murals
Originally founded as the International College of Surgeon’s “Hall of Fame,” The International Museum of Surgical Science organized its exhibitions around nationality from 1954 through the early 1990s. Over the last two decades, a significant shift towards thematic exhibitions has occurred. While the bulk of our exhibitions and programs are geared towards an in-depth examination of surgery’s many disciplines, the Museum still maintains several National Rooms that highlight the surgeons and healthcare systems of a given sponsoring nation. These exhibits rotate periodically: