Hours of Operation
Monday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm*
Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
*Tuesdays are Free Admission to Illinois Residents with a valid Illinois ID or other proof of residency.
The Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, the Museum is closed each year during the Chicago Air and Water Show weekend.
The Museum may close in extreme weather situations. Please call ahead and check the Museum’s website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter) in case of heavy snow or extreme cold in Chicago.
Adults – $17.00
Senior Citizens (ages 65+) – $13.00
Students & Members of the Military (with ID) – $13.00
Educators (with ID) – $13.00
Children ages 4–13 – $9.00
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.
ASTC Members– FREE Admission for two adults and all children under 18 of the same household. Must present valid ASTC Membership card with ID or other proof of residence. Exclusions: Members of centers & museums OR member’s residence located within 90 miles “as the crow flies” from the International Museum of Surgical Science.
Museum Employees – $13.00 with valid employee ID
The Museum has Gone Green! In order to save paper and trees, the Museum will no longer provide paper maps at the door. Download our Museum Map before you arrive, or download our Museum App for iPhone and Android for our interactive, location-aware map.
Think GREEN – Save a Tree!
Photography and Videography
Photography is allowed at the Museum unless otherwise noted in a special exhibit. Flash photography is not permitted. Photo shoots 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 exclusive content, including the history Eleanor Robinson Countiss, the first resident of the Museum’s landmarked lakefront mansion was built in 1917.
Directions and Parking
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.
Paid Parking options (Prices Vary)
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.
Public Parking Lot – Behind the Chicago History Museum located at Clark and LaSalle Streets, Chicago, IL 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive
Public Parking Lot – in condominium building at 1445 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on Burton Place
Public Parking Lot – in condominium building at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610; entrance on E. Banks Street