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Oriental Institute Museum

155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9514
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Wonderful, small museum.

This small museum has an excellent collection of ancient artifacts. It's Souk gift shop is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
A Wealth of Knowledge

My teenagers learned much about the Ancient Near East and enjoyed the museum. There is much reading... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Aaron M
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Museum of the history, archaeology, languages, art and cultures of the ancient Near East. The galleries display objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, Palestine, and Israel, including mummies, monumental sculpture, some of the earliest examples of writing, and objects of daily life. Check the website for special exhibits, lectures, adult and family activities.
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155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9514
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This small museum has an excellent collection of ancient artifacts. It's Souk gift shop is similarly small and unique.

Thank WGon52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My teenagers learned much about the Ancient Near East and enjoyed the museum. There is much reading to do, but the writing is accessible and you can learn so much. This is not an interactive museum, but rather a place to cone and submerge yourself...More

Thank Aaron M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not Asian Oriental, but rather Babylonian and Egyptian, with statures, tile reliefs, Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, etc. Skip the audio guide unless you really know how to use an I-pod - otherwise it's very confusing. Very limited parking because it's on a university...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on the Univ of Chicago campus, the museum is low key and a bit out of the way 6 miles south of downtown. Not a lot of good public transportation options so drive or cab/Uber it down. The building on the U Chicago campus...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 9 December 2017

This museum on the campus of the University of Chicago holds a remarkable collection of archeological artifacts from the ancient near east and Egypt. The University was a center for archeological exploration in the early 20th century and the scope and breadth of the articles...More

Thank bccrab
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is such a cool museum but the name is a little deceiving. While some people may think it is China and Japan it is actually a lot of Middle Eastern classical and ancient work. The Egyptian exhibit is worth it alone. I highly recommend...More

Thank alexf1347
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Just happened to walk by this museum on the University of Chicago campus and stopped in to see what it was all about. We were simply astounded by what we found. Based on the diggings by university archeologists over the past century throughout the middle...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Anyone can enjoy a visit here and everyone can learn a little or a lot from a visit or multiple visits. This is a serious institution on the campus of a serious University. If you are looking for easy entertainment I would go elsewhere, but...More

Thank sleepster
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The Oriental Institute holds artifacts from Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo. It may be tucked away from the hustle bustle of downtown Chicago, but this is definitely worth a visit. If you have a background in Ancient Middle...More

Thank Mulan H
Reviewed 4 November 2017

this is a museum that offers displays at many levels. if you have children or are just an adult who wants to have a quick visit with some of the most spectacular finds available in the US from the middle east, this is worthwhile. for...More

Thank jeffrey k
Hyde Park
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
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