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Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • I thought this was going to be a museum filled with typical Asian art. Au contraire! Fascinating remnants and sculptures from the Mideast and early historic eras. I will go back again. They are...  more »
  • A friend familiar with the Chicago area recommended I check out The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and I’m glad a did. What a gem! The main attraction is of course the Khorsabad...  more »
  • A nice place for families with kids and friends to visit, many unique things to see, you have to be prepared for this because it may takes you about 3 hours to see everything, if all sites are open for public. Try to visit during the week days in summer or so you can park easily close by.
  • A tucked away jewel at the University of Chicago. Full of the most amazing artifacts of the most ancient civilizations known to humans. Its free and an amazing place to spend time, contemplate and enjoy your "being" ! The museum is such an exclusive experience that it is a must place to take friends and family when they visit me in Chicago.

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