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. Our Chicago trip builder website makes visiting Chicago and other {2} attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A most amazing middle eastern collection for a donation admission. A smaller museum but i like it more than the Peabody at Yale on the University of Chicago campus  more »
  • The Art Institute May be more famous, but this museum is a must-see for anyone interested in archaeology, the ancient past, Egypt, Greece and other historical cultures. It is educational but also...  more »
  • An Oasis you can explore Hyde Park and Univ. Of Chicago close to downtown by Bus and yet a different world.  more »
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  • A nice place for families with kids and friends to visit, many unique things to see, you have to be prepared for this because it may takes you about 3 hours to see everything, if all sites are open for public. Try to visit during the week days in summer or so you can park easily close by.
  • A tucked away jewel at the University of Chicago. Full of the most amazing artifacts of the most ancient civilizations known to humans. Its free and an amazing place to spend time, contemplate and enjoy your "being" ! The museum is such an exclusive experience that it is a must place to take friends and family when they visit me in Chicago.
  • Due to it's location, it's usually not on tourists' top list. But if you get the chance to visit the beautiful University of Chicago campus, you should stop by. Its focus is on the Middle East area in which some of the oldest ancient civilizations were born. That set it apart from the other more famous museums in Chicago. Although it's not huge, you can still easily spend 2-3 hours if you want to read as much information.
  • We loved the Persia Gallery; esp. the rare objects from the ceremonial capital Persepolis.
  • Great museum. If you enjoy archaeology of the Middle East, this is worth a visit.
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