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Oriental Institute Museum

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Address: 1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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+1 773-702-9520
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sun 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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Our family loves museums, we look for museums that are devoted to ancient Egypt. This is top notch for anybody that like a museum you can go to and not feel like rushed or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Nicholas T
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family loves museums, we look for museums that are devoted to ancient Egypt. This is top notch for anybody that like a museum you can go to and not feel like rushed or overwhelmed. This is will be a good museum to visit.

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Thank Nicholas T
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous museum of ancient Middle East - including Egypt. Has fun kids programs on weekends and a beautiful garden courtyard for sunny days. Definitely suggest making a day of it and wandering the University of Chicago campus (that looks like Hogwarts), visiting the Oriental Institute, and the Frank Lloyd Wright house.

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Thank sen0lan
Dallas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to see the Oriental Institute Museum, especially if you are visiting the University of Chicago. This museum is close to the Museum of Science and Industry, but it will appeal less to young children than does the Museum of Science and Industry. The Oriental Institute is an outstanding showcase for ancient Near East art, architecture, and artifacts. The... More 

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Thank Donald W
Richmond, Indiana
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is free, but well worth the suggested $10 offering. We spent a pleasant afternoon there, viewing the treasures it held. On hearing the name, I expected more of a Far East vibe, but the museum houses Near East artifacts with excellent descriptions. It isn't a place for young children, but excellent for inquisitive teens and above. We could... More 

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California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Also a couple block walk from the Museum of Science and Industry, but not a place for most children unlike the Science and Industry museum. Nicely displayed artifacts in a not so modern facility, but adequate for its purposes.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is one of the lesser known museums in Chicago, but you still don't want to miss it. You should call for directions first since it sits on the University of Chicago campus which is also something to see. Plan on spending the whole day here as there is sooo much to see. The collections encompass antiquities from ancient civilizations... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

You won't be sorry for including this stop on your itinerary. This is an unusual museum in that it offers a great deal of interest to unusual and extraordinary subjects.

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Thank MikePromotes
Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

You would never realize how great this little museum is if you walked past it. It's small. But it's one of the best historical and archaeological museums in the City of Chicago. The pieces from Iran, Iraq, China, Egypt, all top-notch. Just go. It's a bit out of the way in Hyde Park, but so worth the trip.

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Thank TheaterBug
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a truly amazing collection of artefacts from the cradle of civilization. Many of the artefacts were collected from area of current conflict which is terribly sad. The range of artefact spans tiny pieces of jewelry to monumental stone carvings. We rushed through this museum in 2 hours as they were closing but this in no way did it... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

When my wife and I went to Chicago for a conference, I knew I wanted us to hit the major sites. We saw the Art Institute, Field Museum, and the Oriental Institute Museum all in 2 days. We go back and forth on which is our favorite, if we can even choose. This one may be more geared towards history... More 

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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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