Join in the fun at the International Museum of Surgical Science annual Halloween Gala! Our biggest event of the year, this event benefits the Museum organization to help fund the Mission of the Museum.

The Mission of the Museum is to enrich people’s lives by enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the history, development and advances in surgery and related subjects in health and medicine. In support of this we’re committed to portraying, through exhibits and other appropriate media, the art and science of surgery and related subjects; providing programs and services for the education and enjoyment of the public, students and the medical profession; preserving our collection for the education, inspiration and aesthetic enrichment of future generations; and gaining recognition as a leader among medical and health museums worldwide.

Who: Our supporters and their friends! Costumes encouraged.

What: Memento Mori Halloween Gala

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:00PM – 11:00PM

Where: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60610

Memento Mori

memento mori: [muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; Latin me-men-toh moh-ree] noun.

1. Latin. remember that you must die.

2. an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.

Guests will receive the exclusive pass to celebrate Halloween among the Museum’s surgical collections, artworks and antique medical texts. This evening includes an array of offerings to make sure you won’t be bored to death.

Evening haunts include:

Dancing in the shadows among the Hall of Immortals

Goulish hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by our sponsors

Open bar of beer and wine

Halloween Costume Contest with grand prize

Tarot Readings

Antique Tin Types

Photo Booth


Adopt and Name a Skull fundraiser

Silent auction featuring 1st class prizes from our Chicago partners

IMSS gift bags


DJ Joeybeef

Lauren Lowe Tarot Reading

Tin Type Photography with Jen Jansen

MK Event Photo

Thank you to our sponsors!

Chef By Request

Beyond Catering and Events

Inspired Catering

We’re excited to host an amazing silent auction this year thanks to our partners! Special prizes from:

American Writers Museum
Big Bus Tours Chicago
Broadway In Chicago
Classic Kids Chicago
Corner Bakery Cafe
Eddie V’s
The Great Escape Room – Chicago
Hotel EMC2
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
Innovative Dining Group
John G. Shedd Aquarium
KOVAL Distillery
Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
Lookingglass Theatre
Lou Malnati’s
Max Mara
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
The Peninsula Chicago
Poetry Foundation
Porchlight Music Theatre
Protein Bar + Kitchen – Michigan Avenue
Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago
Sanders Fine Portraits
Shore Club Chicago
Nuns 4 Fun
Vivo Masks
Wines for Humanity

Dessert Buffet in the Library

Get your tickets before they disappear!

For more information about the Gala or the International Museum of Surgical Science, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Rinard at or 312-642-6502 ext. 3118.