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Oriental Institute Museum

155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9514
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A little jewel waiting to be discovered - again

This is the place to rediscover many of the amazing civilizations of the Middle East, their... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GlenClarkST
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Flossmoor, Illinois
What a surprise.

A good friend of mine and I had been looking for something new in the Chicago land area. We love... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Morgen G
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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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155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to rediscover many of the amazing civilizations of the Middle East, their cultures, art, and ceremonies. The Assyrian Bull is worth the trip alone - HUGE! And don['t forget the Sun gift shop[ - some of the best deals in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good friend of mine and I had been looking for something new in the Chicago land area. We love museums and I had heard about the Oriental Institute in Hyde Park on the cities south-side. If you didn't know what you were looking for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool to see how archaeology proves Bible’s accuracy. Some exhibits are actually the originals, not just replicas.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A significant and impressive collection of ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts. Admission is free but donation is suggested. It’s on the U of Chicago campus so it lacks the crowds of the Field. Though parking can be a challenge when classes are in session.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum on the University of Chicago campus displays artifacts excavated by University of Chicago archeologists in the Near East for the last 100 years plus. The rooms include exhibits on ancient Mesopotamia, Babylon, Egypt and Nubia. Some items, like statues and bas reliefs,...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Living nearby you forget how great this place is. They recently renovated the displays to better enable visitors to understand how the civilizations mesh and build on each other. Recently I took friends here and they commented that so many of the artifacts that seem...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

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 24 January 2018

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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and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll
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