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Oriental Institute Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 20:00
Open today: 10:00 - 20:00
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Thoughtful and profound

Extensive display of collections. The garments. statues, swords and art works were just remarkable... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patricia M
Chicago, Illinois
Ancient Babylon, Assyria and Egyptian history plus other lands!

Our friends brought us here after they had visited the prior week. It's a smaller museum focusing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rachel R
Walker, Minnesota
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The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a leading research center for the ancient Middle East. The museum houses some 350,000 artifacts—around 5,000 of which are on display—excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a...more
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155 E 58th St, Southeast corner of 58th St and University Ave, east of the University Quadrangle, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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Reviewed yesterday

Extensive display of collections. The garments. statues, swords and art works were just remarkable. Love this spot.

Date of experience: February 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for visiting the museum and for leaving a positive review. We appreciate it! Best, Oriental Institute Museum

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our friends brought us here after they had visited the prior week. It's a smaller museum focusing on ancient cultures and history from Bible times. We are Jehovah's Witnesses and our friends had taken a tour with one of our sisters from the area who...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rachel R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fact that entry is free over here is like cherry on cake. The museum hosts artifacts of the eastern civilization, and also hosts the famous Egyptian "Book of the Dead". It is not very large, so you won't get tired walking around the place,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KevinAndrew356
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love history, mostly Civil War history. But I minored in Ancient History at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and have a large collection of books on ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome in my library. So you can imagine that I enjoy annual visits...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the thorough and positive review. Best, Oriental Institute Museum

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a research institute that is meant more for professional than for tourists, but being a budding enthusiast of everything oriental, I made the tip. Great discovering the University of Chicago and its lovely campus and then the small gem. Lots of great pieces....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lilly062
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

The Oriental Institute Museum has a breathtaking display of several types of artifacts from salvage excavations that took place in the Middle East. It has one of the most impressive displays of ancient Near East artifacts in this region of the country and is well...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Mep96
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Small museum with a wealth of well-displayed exhibits. A bit more of a scholarly focus than the Toot, but we'll worth a visit. We live in Chicago and visit almost every year.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank kmchicag0
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is a museum with antiquities so understand it is not an amusement park. It can be good to try to call ahead and see if they are featuring a collection or if someone is lecturing soon. This may help in getting more information on...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank sdamron2017
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We were recommended this small museum and were blown away by the collection. An astounding collection of antiquities displaying the full depth of creativity and beauty of our ancestors in the near east and Western Asia. It should be a top attraction for those visiting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank markrQ3304QM
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Not huge, but worth the visit. We enjoy visiting the museum while on campus and are always amazed by the treasures displayed in this smaller venue.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Pamela M
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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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8 October 2018|
Response from sussta | Reviewed this property |
Hi - best thing to find out the opening times is to visit the museum website which has all the details. Hope you enjoy your visit!