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Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago
(4.8/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Oriental Institute Museum presents its collection of artifacts from the ancient Middle East to the public on the University of Chicago's campus. Many of the artifacts on display continue to be studied by anthropologists at the university, so don't be surprised if you see a scientist scrutinizing an exhibit beside you. University archeologists unearthed some of the finds displayed here. Exhibits range from mammoth chunks of buildings to artwork and textiles. All donated admission money goes toward research and museum upkeep. Put Oriental Institute Museum and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I do not like such museums, but it was raining and we decided. Impressed by the free admission, there are interesting examples of ancient finds. Travel from the Centre away.
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  • We went like the wind a little bit, but it was very interesting. It's a little outside the city centre but worth a visit and plus, it's free!
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  • Also a couple block walk from the Museum of Science and Industry, but not a place for most children unlike the Science and Industry museum. Nicely displayed artifacts in a not so modern facility, but ...  more »
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  • It is an overall nice museum but the tour could've been better. We were greeted at the door by a nice hospitable man at the front desk and proceded into the theatre for a short movie. Upon leaving the theatre we met our tour guide. The tour guide is the reason for the low rating i have given. He smelt as if he had smoked a pack of cigarettes before the tour, was poorly dressed, and seemed as if he didnt want to be there in the first place. I would return to the museum again for a self guided tour before i take another guided tour.
  • An excellent little museum...I avoid Chicago like the plague, but if you're going to spend some time there anyway, make SURE you hit this place up if you have any interest in ancient history. Awesome spot!
  • Wonderful museum of all thing ancient Near East! Could spend a few days in this place, easy
  • This place is amazing.............just fabulous. I could live in this building and me at home........what a wonderful place to visit and learn about.
  • My favorite museum in Chicago. Offers many unique historical artifacts ranging from ancient Egypt to late 20th century Islamic dynasty's. They offer tour guides as well.