The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically themed exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.

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Museum building from the front sidewalk facing the museum

Our Mission

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.

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Recent Reviews

The house and the Museum collection are both worth the visit. The house is a beautiful old mansion on the lake. The collection of medical and surgical devices and the stories they tell are so interesting. The docents were friendly and helpful. The building still has the original, working elevator, which I was able to use because I have trouble with the stairs. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop!

Jennifer Pennington

Fascinating museum. If you are looking for something off the beaten path and have an interest in the medical sciences, this place is for you.

T Zwerling

As a medical student, this was a great place for a study break or just to go back in time to appreciate how far we’ve come in western medicine. Also, some insight on eastern healthcare.

Shida R

Wildly surprised. Lived in the area most my life and had never been. Highly recommended.

Chris Thompson

There is so much to see! You really need to devote half a day to truly see and read everything. If you’re into medical things this is your place to go.

Doug Hopkins

Definitely worth a visit. I am intrigued by vintage pharmacy products. I think I took 50 photos. I will return to see new exhibits.

Monica Galang

Fascinating displays, rich architectural details, captivating artwork…a testament to human ingenuity and endeavor.

Katlas Saltak


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