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Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

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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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  • We absolutely loved this little gem. The museum has such an amazing display of artifacts from the Near East. We had a lot of "a-ha" moments since we had just returned from a trip to Jordan and we coul...  more »
  • This is a wonderful gem in Hyde Park. It is near the University of Chicago, so it may be out of the way if you're staying in the city center, but it's worth visiting. I found the exhibits very informa...  more »
  • Historical museum of the then known center of the world. Our friends thought this was only Chinese history. How Ignorant we can be. Very interesting world History- recommend at least once if not more  more »
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  • This is a hidden jewel that Until recently I wasn't aware of. An excellent museum with outstanding artifacts and very well displayed.
  • I will come back ! Too much to see in one visit. So happy, so many things from history have been preserved.
  • The museum may be small compared to other institutes in Chicago but the whole museum itself is full of knowledge and history. I loved the Lamassu on display as well as the Assyrian gallery. Everything in the museum is great I highly recommend this museum.
  • I love this museum! I have taken classes there and can't help but admire it's extensive collection from the ancient world.
  • Very good if you have any interest in ancient history. They have a great collection that is organized very well.