Help support the International Museum of Surgical Science during this time of need.
If you’ve ever visited the International Museum of Surgical Science, you know that it’s unlike any other place in the world. Housed in a historic mansion overlooking Lake Michigan, our exhibits and collections span the breadth of human history and examine a central question of our collective existence: how do we care for our own health and the health of those around us? In these unprecedented times, this question is more crucial than ever.
The Museum is currently closed in response to the public health crisis, and right now we need your help.
May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity that responds to the need caused by COVID-19. During this time of isolation, acts of kindness and generosity are what bring us together. If we raise $1,000 or more between April 16, 2020, at 10AM Pacific Time and May 10, 2020, at 11:59PM Pacific Time, GoFundMe will match the amount, doubling your contribution to the Museum!
On May 5th, we’re launching BTS WITH A CURATOR LIVE where we will be thanking our supporters publicly and sharing behind-the-scenes collections photos of their choosing. Want to see a bone saw? We’ve got you covered. A 4,000-year-old skull? No problem--it’s up to you. Our curator will be going live on social media sharing these images from 10AM - 5PM CST so that you can show the world the object you chose.
During closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum has been engaging its community from home by interacting on social media and offering digital resources. Our wonderful corps of volunteers and interns is still active and has been hard at work collaborating on digital work for our audiences in quarantine. Even while our doors are closed, we are working hard to create content that informs, inspires, and helps contextualize our current health crisis within the history of pandemics.
The Museum serves over 40,000 people each year, including 4,000 students on field trips from every corner of the city and neighboring midwest states. We host a multitude of public programs and a robust roster of rotating exhibits, including those created by our Artists in Residence. This contemporary art program provides a venue where the old and the new intermingle, giving a space for Chicago artists to make and exhibit work that responds to our collections and examines our relationship to health and the body.
By making a donation, you will position yourself as a champion of small museums, public health education, and working artists, while at the same time sustaining Chicago’s cultural vibrancy—a profound contribution to better quality of life in our great city.
If you’ve enjoyed a visit to the Museum, benefited from our online materials, or value the work that we do, please consider making a gift to sustain us during this time. We thank you for your support on #GivingTuesdayNow and everyday!