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Oriental Institute Museum

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Hyde Park
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Address: 1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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+1 773-702-9520
10:00 - 17:00
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Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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This is a wonderful gem in Hyde Park. It is near the University of Chicago, so it may be out of the way if you're staying in the city center, but it's worth visiting. I found the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful gem in Hyde Park. It is near the University of Chicago, so it may be out of the way if you're staying in the city center, but it's worth visiting. I found the exhibits very informative and interesting. This museum is free and the location is beautiful. If you visit the Robe House, take the short... More 

Thank mccoyfive
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Historical museum of the then known center of the world. Our friends thought this was only Chinese history. How Ignorant we can be. Very interesting world History- recommend at least once if not more

Thank Mn J
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in the Hyde park area; strolling along the university campus when we came across this wonderful museum and decided to enter. I am glad we did so because this museum is full of treasured artefacts; I especially enjoyed the Babylon and Assyrian section.

Thank meshef
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trip was my first time to visit the completely renovated Oriental Institute. They did a fine job. The Egyptian and Mesopotamian displays are very impressive.

Thank Ron F
Moline, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Saw many items that I never thought I would be able to see personally. Focuses on ancient cultures.

Thank Allyson A
Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

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 winged man- bull. Since Isis destroyed many of these in Iraq, you will be so lucky to see one right in Chicago. It's a masterpiece... More 

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Batavia, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

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 history there is a lot of artifacts here that relate in some way. This is a museum for learning and it... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

I've heard so much about how amazing this museum can be and I was super excited to go see it but when I went the largest exhibit was closed for remodeling or something :( Huge disappointment! There was also an issue with many of the exhibits being broken which is kind of depressing. I'll have to go back now that... More 

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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

This theater is simply beautiful. We have come several times for plays. It's best to get a car service due parking. There are elevators and concessions available.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Located in the heart of the University of Chicago campus. This place is awesome and if there is a guide available , even better. The artifacts are amazing. You can purchase materials at the gift shop. You are in the Hyde Park neighborhood so you have a variety of restaurants to choose from.

Thank yolandaanderson01

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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