International Museum of Surgical Science

The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons, 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. 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.

Opening receptions take place on the first night of the exhibition from 5:30–7:30PM.


The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) in Chicago announces their free days for 2020, moving away from free Tuesdays for Illinois Residents to free days for all throughout the year. The free days are listed as follows:

Monday, January 13, 2020 - Friday, January 17, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Friday, January 24, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020 - Friday, February 7, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020 - Thursday, February 13, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020 - Friday, February 21, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020 - Friday, December 4, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020 - Friday, December 11, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 - Friday, December 18, 2020


Image: Al Hussein Fawzy, Fracture of the Clavicle, 1962, oil on canvas.

Current and Upcoming Events at International Museum of Surgical Science

Past Events