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“An hidden gem!”

Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #28 of 688 things to do in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 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.

Thank DaddyO1973
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

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, are big and grand. Others, like carved beads and seals, are tiny and require close examination. The more effort you put into it, the greater the rewards.

While there is no formal admission charge, they suggest a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children.

On a weekday afternoon, we were able to find street parking a couple blocks away.

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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 sort of "ho hum" here would be major features at other museums.

Every visitor to Chicago hits the art institue,the field, maybe MCA or the science &industry this museum and the nearby Smart Gallery are hidden gems.

Thank ORD1963
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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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