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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. 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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  • This was awesome. It’s not a large museum at all. Quite small actually. But each piece has a narrative. You have to start with the first window, read the description, then move on to the next. Read... 
    This was awesome. It’s not a large museum at all. Quite small actually. But each piece has a narrative. You have to start with the first window, read the description, then move on to the next. Read...  more »
  • You have to make time for this! I can’t believe I actually was able to be in the same room with priceless treasures from the ancient world! I didn’t see until on the way out, but there is a little... 
    You have to make time for this! I can’t believe I actually was able to be in the same room with priceless treasures from the ancient world! I didn’t see until on the way out, but there is a little...  more »
  • What a great museum! Ancient Middle East history is amazing! We arrived at 10:30- stopped for lunch at 12:30 then came back at 1:30 for a museum bible tour that started at 2. A lot of info to take.....  more
    What a great museum! Ancient Middle East history is amazing! We arrived at 10:30- stopped for lunch at 12:30 then came back at 1:30 for a museum bible tour that started at 2. A lot of info to take.....  more »
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  • Amazing museum! A true gem of the U Chicago campus, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
  • I've been dying to go here since I tried to visit in 1990 (museum was closed) and haven't been back until today. It was everything I had hoped. Was so nice to see Tutankhamun's Colossus in person.
  • The place is phenomenal, exhibits are precious, the name oriental is somewhat misleading but otherwise worth visiting.
  • Great place to take the family to learn some history. It's a free museum but they do take donations. Plenty of parking nearby a big plus.
  • Amazing museum. Best exhibits of the Middle East I've ever seen

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