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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
+1 773-702-9520
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This museum is well worth seeing especially if you visit the Robie House which is right across the... read more

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Most people who live in the area have not heard of or visited this museum but it is a gem on the... read more

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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Hyde Park
+1 773-702-9520
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is well worth seeing especially if you visit the Robie House which is right across the street. It is located in the southern part of the city. There is no direct tsubway service. You mist take the Red or Green line to Garfield....More

Thank russcox
Reviewed 5 days ago

Most people who live in the area have not heard of or visited this museum but it is a gem on the south side. There are extremely unusual antiquities, and some of the areas represented have recently experienced a loss of ancient artifacts.

Thank vaSnips
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is a bit off the beaten track for a tourist: there is no public transport so take an Uber rather than a regular taxi if you can. It is not huge, but reflects the numerous digs in which the University of Chicago has...More

Thank Hakluyt
Reviewed 1 week ago

We rode the metro train and took a bus that dropped us off at the campus. We had to walk a few blocks to get to the institute. We really enjoyed our visit here.

Thank 210SATX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone who is interested in History or Middle Eastern artifacts will find a treasure trove in this little known museum. Right in the beautiful U of C campus. These are the treasures that Howard Carter(discoverer of the treasures of King Tutankhamen)brought to America. The museum...More

Thank bonnie h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not too many people know about this museum and I am selfishly okay with that. Hidden within the University of Chicago campus, this museum is more accessible than the larger Field Museum. Devoted to the study of the ancient near east, it was founded in...More

Thank Fischermom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upsides: - I can’t believe the quality of the artifacts displayed there. - Free: No entrance fee and absolutely no request for donation. Compared to other museums, 10 USD seemed fair. - Almost nobody knows about it and it’s very specialized so you get most...More

Thank Mary A
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Not too many native Chicagoans even know this place exists. This place is a treasure trove of wonders! It houses some of the most amazing pieces of sculptures and antiquities from many places around the world. Don't let the name of the museum fool you....More

Thank Jocelyn D
Emily T, Public Relations Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are glad that you visited! Indeed, people are totally surprised and awed by what they see in our galleries. And we are in the middle of a project to make the galleries even better with new displays, new cases, and new labels. And don't...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

I had studied these artifacts in art history class for years. To see them in person a thrilling (yes I'm a history nerd). The collection was well curated and captioned. If you want to see ancient Mesopotamia, this is the place to go!More

Thank Kristine E
Emily T, Guest Relations Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Kristine, Thanks for visiting. Not only is the Mesopotamian collection fascinating, but it is the largest and more complete in the Western Hemisphere. And almost all of it was excavated by Oriental Institute archaeologists, so it is one of the great research collections. Scholars come...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The museum is part of the beautiful University of Chicago campus (which is definitely worth a walk through itself). The museum is free, but does request a donation. If you have any interest in Egyptian or Mesopotamian culture then the Oriental Institute is not going...More

Thank Brian F
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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