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Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

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4.8/5 based on 400+ 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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  • Unique examples of ancient artifacts from Middle East. Thought-provoking and amazing to consider how ancient these artifacts are. Nice low key change from big museums. Not sure I'd recommend for kids 
  • This smallish museum is a fantastic place to learn about the ancient cultures of the middle east starting with Babylonia through Egypt. There are some huge and very impressive stone pieces such as the...  read more »
  • Absolutely world class and a must for anyone interested in archeology. After all, U of C is where Indy was working when his adventures started. The academic tour starts by showing you the window he su...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Huge, mind boggling artefacts from Persia, Assyria, Egypt and more. Not sure why this place is empty of visitors when it's amidst the beautiful University of Chicago campus and close to the science and industry museum AND FREE!
  • Very cool museum. Some amazing, large statues inside and it's all free!
  • Museum Admission is free! It's an excellent world class museum with unique collections back up by the real archaeological teams in it's history. Where else in the world you can find this. Thanks. Visited" Images of an Empire-Persepolis " on 2016-01-03
  • Jam packed with artifacts -- wish there was just a little more breathing room. You'd probably need two full days to read all the plaques. Loved the Persepolis exhibit.
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