Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

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#8 of 42 in Museums in Chicago
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. Our Chicago trip builder website makes visiting Oriental Institute Museum and other Chicago attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I come here often on weekends that I visit. Great displays. Would highly suggest stopping in. Also, there is a hidden unicorn in here :)  more »
  • It's not one of the largest, but certainly a great Chicago museum. One of my favorites. It showcases the the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Nubia, with many of the artifacts excavated by ...  more »
  • Many mummies and relics excavated by researchers in University of Chicago! The characters and pictures in the book of the Egyptians are great. But some people interested in archaeology might feel unsa...  more »
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  • Great exhibition of the different ancient cultures from Egypt to Mesopotamia. It shows a vast collections of different artifacts. I visited the special exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead which includes several papyri, a mummy, and other artifacts included in the ceremony to prepare the dead for the afterlife. The whole museum takes about 1-2h to visit.
  • My niece introduced me to the Oriental museum. I had a wonderful time. The museum is very exotic and beautiful
  • Beautifully curated. Donation based. Highly recommend audio tours.
  • Loved the visit, very educational. My granddaughter had a great time also. They took the time out for a tour and let the children do art after the tour.
  • Excellent museum, worth spending several unrushed hours reading the information. Excellent displays
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