Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

4.8
#8 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
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 »
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  • Amazing! Free museum with thousands of artifacts! I spent the entire afternoon at the Oriental Institute and would have stayed there longer had it not been time for the museum to close. I took hundreds of photos! The security guards answered my questions about the displays and even offered to help take my photo. I appreciate the opportunity for having visited! Plus, the Oriental Institute is a small museum so I didn't get tired from walking all over the place. You can't get lost, either! The museum is a square; keep making right turns and you'll be back at the gift shop. Thanks for reading my review!
  • Outstanding museum focusing on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Assyria, and surrounding influences. The Museum is chock-a-block with beautiful and rare pieces. Although not overwhelming, it is possible to return again and again, and still not see everything. The staff are warm and knowledgeable. Although there is no admission fee, the suggested donation of $10 for adults ($5 for children) is easy to plop down - especially once you've seen the outstanding works held in the collection. Outstanding - and a must see when in/around Hyde Park.
  • Amazing museum, incredible collection, free to visit. Budget enough time if you are into ancient history, there are a lot see. We spent 2 hours there, but I felt it deserved twice as much time.
  • Worth the time. Free admission. Abundant free parking along the street on campus. Precious collections of Egypt and Assyria.
  • This museum is a gem on the south side. You feel like Indiana Jones as you walk through the ancient artifacts. It's small enough you can pretty much see everything in a couple of hours. The staff is friendly. I can't wait to return.

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