Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

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Oriental Institute Museum presents its collection of artifacts from the ancient Middle East to the public on the University of Chicago's campus. Many of the artifacts on display continue to be studied by anthropologists at the university, so don't be surprised if you see a scientist scrutinizing an exhibit beside you. University archeologists unearthed some of the finds displayed here. Exhibits range from mammoth chunks of buildings to artwork and textiles. All donated admission money goes toward research and museum upkeep. Our Chicago trip builder website makes visiting Oriental Institute Museum and other Chicago attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Very informative and educational. Good audio equipment.Courteous staff, accommodating personnel. Easy to access entire museum in a limited period of time.  more »
  • The highlight of this museum is a small fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls (though it really is small, about the size of the palm of your hand). Otherwise there is an extensive collection from Ancient E...  more »
  • A fantastic collection of Near Eastern art and artifacts. I was particularly impressed by the enormous winged bull bas relief.  more »
  • Great exhibition of the different ancient cultures from Egypt to Mesopotamia. It shows a vast collections of different artifacts. I visited the special exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead which includes several papyri, a mummy, and other artifacts included in the ceremony to prepare the dead for the afterlife. The whole museum takes about 1-2h to visit.
  • My niece introduced me to the Oriental museum. I had a wonderful time. The museum is very exotic and beautiful
  • Beautifully curated. Donation based. Highly recommend audio tours.
  • Loved the visit, very educational. My granddaughter had a great time also. They took the time out for a tour and let the children do art after the tour.
  • Excellent museum, worth spending several unrushed hours reading the information. Excellent displays

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