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.
Oriental Institute Museum reviews
This small museum far exceeded my expectations. Had to admit that I found the term "Oriental" a little confusing, as the numerous items on display were mostly from the Middle East and Egypt, with a...
This small museum far exceeded my expectations. Had to admit that I found the term "Oriental" a little confusing, as the numerous items on display were mostly from the Middle East and Egypt, with a... more »
Loved our visit to the Oriental. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and curated. Small enough to thoroughly enjoy each piece and to learn about each of the cultures. Often the pieces on exhibit...
Loved our visit to the Oriental. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and curated. Small enough to thoroughly enjoy each piece and to learn about each of the cultures. Often the pieces on exhibit... more »
Entry is free, no tickets. They accept donations though. Not busy on a weekend day. I would recommend 3 hours for the whole museum if you are thorough with it. 2 hours were not enough. Has nice details and a lot to see, but definitely needs more information on specimens. There were guides who gave presentations through out so that was nice. Staff is very kind and informative. Parking is free on the street around it and it is part of the campus.
Has very interesting items, specially the Lamassu, Babylonian lions…As well as the Egyptian & Persian sections. Admission is FREE it’s recommended to donate $10 per visitor, though. The grounds are beautiful as it within the university of Chicago - Hyde Park. Some nice restaurants in the area within walking distance. Parking is free.
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