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Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

(4.8/5 based on 440+ 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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  • Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Saw many items that I never thought I would be able to see personally. Focuses on ancient cultures.  more »
  • Most of the art here, from Ancient Mesopotamia, is amazing and special, from 2700 BCE to around 700 BCE and more. The centerpiece, the thing that makes this stupendous, is the Lamassu statue, a huge w...  more »
  • This was the second time we went on a guided tour with Stu. The museum has remarkable artifacts and the tour guide added a lot of context to the subjects at hand. If you have an interest in Bible hist...  more »
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  • It is an overall nice museum but the tour could've been better. We were greeted at the door by a nice hospitable man at the front desk and proceded into the theatre for a short movie. Upon leaving the theatre we met our tour guide. The tour guide is the reason for the low rating i have given. He smelt as if he had smoked a pack of cigarettes before the tour, was poorly dressed, and seemed as if he didnt want to be there in the first place. I would return to the museum again for a self guided tour before i take another guided tour.
  • An excellent little museum...I avoid Chicago like the plague, but if you're going to spend some time there anyway, make SURE you hit this place up if you have any interest in ancient history. Awesome spot!
  • Wonderful museum of all thing ancient Near East! Could spend a few days in this place, easy
  • This place is amazing.............just fabulous. I could live in this building and me at home........what a wonderful place to visit and learn about.
  • 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.