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.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pain & Pain Management
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.
19th Century Apothecary and Dentist’s Office
The Hall of Immortals – Sculptures by Louis Linck & Edouard Chaissing
The Hall of Murals – Paintings by Count Gregorio Calvi di Bergolo
Spanish Mural Gallery
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:
Taiwan Hall of Fame
Japan Hall of Fame
Beyond Broken Bones: The Story of Orthopedics and Prosthetics (2007-2016)
Supporting Structure: Understanding the Spine & Spinal Surgery (2007-2016)
The Museum is in the process of digitizing its archive. To inquire about exhibitions presented or ending before 2015, please contact Museum staff.