Celebrate the Halloween season by attending a Family Festival at the International Museum of Surgical Science!
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.
Family Activities: *Schedule for timed tours and demos is forthcoming*
Museum tours (ages 8 and up)
Did you know that X-Ray machines used to be in shoe stores? Take our tour to learn more.
Amputation demonstration (ages 8 and up)
Find out what an amputation would have been like during the Civil War era.
Art-making activities (ages 5 and up)
Draw your own 3D image, construct your own bottle of patent medicine, fold organ origami, and express yourself through collage art. Families get to take home their creations!
Poems While You Wait (12pm-4pm, all ages)
Poems While You Wait is a collective of Chicago poets and manual typewriters ready to write you a poem on the topic of your choosing. Their mission is to provide their patrons with a “magical, unexpected, unpretentious, & decontextualized encounter with poetry. No topic is too big or too small, too funny or too sad, too silly or too serious.” A poem can be yours for a $5 donation, and all proceeds fund Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit, independent publisher of literary hybrid genres.
Scavenger hunt (ages 8-14)
Explore the Museum by looking closely to find the answers on our list.
Coloring pages (all ages)
Add color to images from the Museum’s collections.
Story time & Body Bingo (ages 2-7)
Take a breather by reading books and playing a quiet game with us!
Pre-Register for Family Festival Pricing!
Kids (13 and under, accompanied by an adult) get in FREE! ($9 at the door)
Teens (14-18) $5 ($13 at the door)
Adults(19+) $10 ($17 at the door)