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Oriental Institute Museum

155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9514
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Museum and U Chicago feel like Raiders of the Lost Arc

Located on the Univ of Chicago campus, the museum is low key and a bit out of the way 6 miles south... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dave S
Dallas, Texas
A Hidden Gem

This museum on the campus of the University of Chicago holds a remarkable collection of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
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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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+1 773-702-9514
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Located on the Univ of Chicago campus, the museum is low key and a bit out of the way 6 miles south of downtown. Not a lot of good public transportation options so drive or cab/Uber it down. The building on the U Chicago campus...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum on the campus of the University of Chicago holds a remarkable collection of archeological artifacts from the ancient near east and Egypt. The University was a center for archeological exploration in the early 20th century and the scope and breadth of the articles...More

Thank bccrab
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a cool museum but the name is a little deceiving. While some people may think it is China and Japan it is actually a lot of Middle Eastern classical and ancient work. The Egyptian exhibit is worth it alone. I highly recommend...More

Thank alexf1347
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just happened to walk by this museum on the University of Chicago campus and stopped in to see what it was all about. We were simply astounded by what we found. Based on the diggings by university archeologists over the past century throughout the middle...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone can enjoy a visit here and everyone can learn a little or a lot from a visit or multiple visits. This is a serious institution on the campus of a serious University. If you are looking for easy entertainment I would go elsewhere, but...More

Thank sleepster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oriental Institute holds artifacts from Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo. It may be tucked away from the hustle bustle of downtown Chicago, but this is definitely worth a visit. If you have a background in Ancient Middle...More

Thank Mulan H
Reviewed 4 November 2017

this is a museum that offers displays at many levels. if you have children or are just an adult who wants to have a quick visit with some of the most spectacular finds available in the US from the middle east, this is worthwhile. for...More

Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place this summer and finally had a chance to check it out. This place is incredible! Start with free parking on the street. Free admission. An incredible collection amassed by the University of Chicago of "Oriental" (middle Eastern) artifacts dating from prehistoric...More

Thank mwick1960
Reviewed 14 October 2017

This is one place you must visit when you come to chicago. I guess i'm a little stuck on the oriental museum since i can walk there, and I do a lot. This is the only place you will find a hugh wooden statue of...More

Thank lawanda106
Reviewed 9 October 2017

So many artifacts thoughtfully curated and explained. This museum is an absolute treasure. It is also a sight-seeing bargain. I can't imagine a trip to Chicao without visiting.

Thank EM C
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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