Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

4.8
#8 of 27 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. Put Oriental Institute Museum and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I had studied these artifacts in art history class for years. To see them in person a thrilling (yes I'm a history nerd). The collection was well curated and captioned. If you want to see ancient Meso...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The museum is part of the beautiful University of Chicago campus (which is definitely worth a walk through itself). The museum is free, but does request a donation. If you have any interest in Egyptia...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    The Oriental Institute is one of the museums of the University of Chicago, housing its collection of Egyptian and Mesopotamian art and artifacts. There's a lot to see and read about, so it could take ...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    This is a hidden jewel that Until recently I wasn't aware of. An excellent museum with outstanding artifacts and very well displayed.
  • June 27, 2017
    I will come back ! Too much to see in one visit. So happy, so many things from history have been preserved.
  • April 18, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    I love this museum! I have taken classes there and can't help but admire it's extensive collection from the ancient world.
  • May 13, 2017
    Very good if you have any interest in ancient history. They have a great collection that is organized very well.

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