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Oriental Institute Museum

155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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Love this Museum!

I come here often on weekends that I visit. Great displays. Would highly suggest stopping in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kristi m
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Eureka, California
Hidden gem tucked away on a University campus

It's not one of the largest, but certainly a great Chicago museum. One of my favorites. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DouglasP64
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I come here often on weekends that I visit. Great displays. Would highly suggest stopping in. Also, there is a hidden unicorn in here :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not one of the largest, but certainly a great Chicago museum. One of my favorites. It showcases the the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Nubia, with many of the artifacts excavated by their own University of Chicago archaeologists.

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Many mummies and relics excavated by researchers in University of Chicago! The characters and pictures in the book of the Egyptians are great. But some people interested in archaeology might feel unsatisfied, because the museum is not that big enough to spend more than 2...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 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

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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