Tuesday 10 am to 4 pm*
Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Last admission will be taken one hour before the closing time.
The Museum is closed on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
The Museum may close in extreme weather situations. Please call ahead and check the Museum’s social media (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter) in case of heavy snow or extreme cold in Chicago. The Museum’s phone number is 312-642-6502.
Adults – $15.00
Senior Citizens (ages 65+) – $12.00
Students & Members of the Military (with ID) – $12.00
Educators (with ID) – $12.00
Children ages 4–13 (Free for ages 3 & under) – $8.00
Children ages 3 and under – FREE
IMSS Members – FREE
Consider offsetting the cost of admission by becoming a member today! All memberships include free or reduced admission to museums and science centers throughout the world via the ASTC reciprocal program; Individual memberships allow you to bring an additional guest for free!
Photography is allowed at the Museum unless otherwise noted in a special exhibit. Flash photography is not allowed. “Selfie Sticks” are not allowed. Photoshoots and filming must be cleared with Museum staff, and are subject to venue rental fees. Please contact the Museum for more information.
The International Museum of Surgical Science has partnered with Encurate Mobile Technology to create the Museum’s first mobile experience. Our mobile app includes an interactive map, self-guided tours using beacon technology, and never-before exhibited content – including the history Eleanor Robinson Countiss, the woman that for whom the Museum’s landmarked lakefront mansion was built in 1917.
The International Museum of Surgical Science is located at:
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL 60610
Directions via public transportation
The Museum is easily accessible by bus or train.
The CTA bus #151 stops at North Avenue, half a block north of the Museum.
From the Clark/Division stop of the Red Line elevated train walk east on Division until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn north and walk a few blocks to the Museum.
From the Sedgwick stop of the Brown Line and Purple Line Express elevated train, walk east on North Avenue until you reach Lake Shore Drive. Turn south and walk a block to the Museum.
For train and bus schedules call the RTA/CTA at 312-836-7000.
Directions by car
Going NORTH on Lake Shore Drive: Exit at the LaSalle/North Ave. Exit. Take a left off the ramp. Take another left onto Southbound Local Lake Shore Drive. The Museum is on the first block, on the right.
Going SOUTH on Lake Shore Drive: Exit at the LaSalle/North Ave. Exit. From the ramp go straight through the light onto the Southbound Local Lake Shore Drive. The Museum is on the first block, on the right.
From the Kennedy Expressway: Exit at the North Ave Exit. Travel east on North Ave. Turn right on State Street. Turn left on Burton. Burton ends at Lake Shore Drive, turn left. The Museum is on the first block on the left.
From the Dan Ryan: Take the Dan Ryan North to the Kennedy Expressway. Exit at North Ave. Travel east on North Ave.
Turn right on State Street. Turn left on Burton. Burton ends at Lake Shore Drive, turn left. The Museum is on the first block on the left.
Ample discounted parking is available in 3 locations within a few minutes’ walk of the Museum.
Retrieve a discounted validation voucher/stamp at the Museum box office to present to the parking attendant upon exiting the lot/ramp.
Paid Parking options (Prices Vary)
Standard Parking Lot – Behind the Chicago History Museum located on Clark and LaSalle Streets, Chicago, IL 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive
Standard Parking Lot – in condominium building at 1445 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on Burton Place
Standard Parking Lot – in condominium building at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on E. Banks Street