Trick or Treat? Morbid Curiosities After Hours Tour
October 16 & 17, 2019, 5:30PM
From ancient human skulls to bone-saws and bloodletting knives, the International Museum of Surgical Science has one of the most celebrated collections of its kind in the world. On this special after-hours tour, Museum staff will shine a light on some of the darkest tools in the history of medicine! A complimentary reception follows the tour and lite fare will be served.
$30, Member’s $20
Northwest Noggin (Northwest Neuroscience Outreach Group) is a robust, creative, volunteer driven non-profit organization that brings scientists and artists and students of all ages together to contribute their expertise, listen and learn from others, enthuse young people about science and art, share area educational resources, and inform and excite the public about ongoing, taxpayer supported neuroscience research.
NW Noggin @ IMSS
October 18, 2019, 1-3PM
NW Noggin visits the International Museum of Surgical Science to host brain activities and art making for all ages! Join us in the Hall of Immortals for this Noggin program. Confirmed participants include: Bill Griesar, PSU/OHSU/NW Noggin, Jeff Leake, PSU/NW Noggin, Aaron Manakai Eisen, PSU/NUNM/NW Noggin, Cam Howard, PSU/NW Noggin, Albert (Sai) Kiersarsky, PSU, Mikah Brandes, PSU/NIH BUILD EXITO, Madison Cho-Richmond, PSU, Maria Galvan-Bravo, PSU, Anita Randolph, OHSU/BEADS, Rachel Lukowicz, University of Oregon, Leigh-Jane Wilson, Kings College London, Richard Wingate, Kings College London
FREE with admission
DOPAMINE with Jeanette Andrews
October 24, 2019, 6:30PM
Join us as we welcome the return of master illusionist, Jeanette Andrews, in the grand Hall of Immortals at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
$50, Member’s $30
Haunted House: Candlelit Mansion Tour
October 29, 2019, 6PM
Bathed in warm candlelight, this unique exploration of 1524 will delve into the architecture of the space and the lives of its original occupants, who worked, danced, dreamt and died there. Highlights from the IMSS permanent collection will invite guests to layer their experience of the space as a historic dwelling and modern-day Museum – as much enchanted by its elegant past as it is haunted by the morbid curiosities it houses today. A complimentary reception follows the tour and lite fare will be served.
$30, Member’s $20 [sold out]
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.
MEMENTO MORI Halloween Gala
October 31, 2019, 7-11PM
The International Museum of Surgical Science cordially invites you to our second annual MEMENTO MORI gala fundraiser. Join us for a haunted evening at the best Halloween party of the year at 7 PM at 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. 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.
Dress the part, and join us in our galleries for a macabre evening with cocktails, bites and an exciting program of art and surgery!
Buy your tickets early to secure your spot! Early bird pricing is available.
Lunchtime Lecture: Joint Pain & New Technology with Vasili Karas, Md, Ms
November 21, 2019, 11:30AM
Join us as we host Vasili Karas, Md, Ms and Stryker Education for a free seminar on understanding the arthritis of the knee and new technologies in knee replacement. Lunch will be provided, with raffle prizes and gift bags for all attendees!
FREE, RSVP required, space limited.
Empty Bottle Presents: Burial Hex / NIKA (Zola Jesus) / Bloodyminded
November 23, 2019, 7:30PM
Join us for a unique concert experience at the International Museum of Surgical Science, presented by concert venue Empty Bottle. Featured performers include BURIAL HEX, NIKA (Zola Jesus), & BLOODYMINDED
7:30PM // $20 // 17+ [sold out]
Registration for most events is required. Get tickets on
Presented by Molly Doane, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Head/Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. This program is in association with the exhibition, Plant Medicine.
Lunchtime Lecture: Chicago’s Beekeepers
October 16, 2019, 12PM
Cities like Chicago are increasingly becoming safe havens for honeybees. Come learn about the importance of urban honey bees and how they can be nurtured in the city. In this talk, beekeepers Barbara Ryan and Pedro Ortiz will take us through the basics of beekeeping, discuss the challenges facing honeybees, and some of the possible solutions to be found within our own neighborhoods.
Barbara Ryan and Pedro Ortiz are backyard beekeepers in Rogers Park, Chicago. Pedro is originally from Guatemala; Barbara is a lifelong Chicagoan. They produce and sell honey, teach and about beekeeping and mentor aspiring beekeepers. They are frequent travelers, and take the opportunity to visit beekeepers in foreign locales.
Free with the price of admission.
Celebrate the Halloween season by attending a Family Festival at the International Museum of Surgical Science!
Fall Family Festival
October 12, 2019, 10AM-5PM
Have you ever imagined what it was like to be a doctor during the Civil War? Or wondered how X-rays were first discovered? Come find out at the International Museum of Surgical Science’s family festival! Explore, see, touch, make, and move at the Museum with your family.
Activities will be available in rooms all throughout the four floors of the Museum. At check-in you will receive an activity floor map and schedule to plan your surgical adventure! Each child will receive a gift to take home.
Kids Under 13 Free, 14-18 $5, Adults $10
Read more about this exhibit: https://imss.org/im-building-me-a-home/
OPENING RECEPTION: Namir Fearce: “I’m Building Me a Home”
October 4, 2019, 5:30PM
Join us for the opening reception of Fall 2019 Artist in Residence Namir Fearce’s Capstone Exhibition, “I’m Building Me a Home.” Free and open to the public. Beverages provided by our sponsors; alcohol served to 21+. Museum is located at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL. Accessible entrance, ramps and elevator are available.
HistMed Lecture Series:“Between Art and Anatomy: Leonardo da Vinci and Marco Antonio dalla Torre.”
September 27, 2019, 12PM
Join us for a lunchtime lecture on The History of Anatomy with Daniele Macuglia, Ph.D. of The University of Chicago as a part of our #HistMed Lecture Series.
Free with the price of admission.
A Night at 1524: Candlelit Mansion Tour
September 19, 2019, 6PM
Bathed in warm candlelight, this unique exploration of 1524 will delve into the architecture of the space and the lives of its original occupants, who worked, danced, dreamt and died there. A complimentary reception follows the tour and lite fare will be served.
$20, Member’s $10
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
September 15, 2019, 2-4:30PM
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋节快乐!
Join us on this special day to make your own lantern, eat moon cakes, drink tea, and celebrate loved ones.
Drop in anytime between 2-4:30 pm!
$10, Member’s FREE
Join the City of Chicago and a multitude of partner organizations for a day-long neighborhood festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic Chicago Water Tower—built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.
Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration
September 14, 2019, 10AM – 5PM
During the celebration, IMSS will host family programming including art making and educational activities.
Main festival located at the historic Chicago Water Tower (806 N Michigan Ave). Free programming will include family activities, lectures, tours, theatre performances, public art, and exhibitions—plus food trucks, dining discounts and complimentary admission to nearby cultural institutions. Visit https://watertowerarts.org/150th/ for a full schedule of events.
Free with the price of admission.
IMSS Book Club: This Way Madness Lies
September 11, 2019, 5:30PM
At each meeting there is a round table style book discussion and an opportunity to explore objects from our collections or get hands-on with interactive activities that are thematically relevant to the text. We’re reading This Way Madness Lies by Mike Jay.
IMSS 65th Birthday Party & Tour
September 9, 2019, 5:30PM
On this special birthday tour, Museum staff will shine a light on the Museum’s history. A complimentary party will follow the tour including games, snacks, and cake!
$15, Member’s FREE
After Hours: Summer Surgical Science
September 5, 2019, 5:30PM
Grab a friend and visit the Museum after hours at our 4th Annual Surgical Science After-Hours Party! Also check out our newest exhibit: Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection.
Contact our Museum Programming and Events Department at 312-642-6502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.