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Oriental Institute Museum

155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9514
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some very unique exhibits

this is a museum that offers displays at many levels. if you have children or are just an adult... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jeffrey k
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Unbelievable find!

Heard about this place this summer and finally had a chance to check it out. This place is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mwick1960
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Middlebury, Indiana
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Given the prices on museums these days. it's amazing that this museum is free. It has a vast array of exhibits - so much that your head will be filled to overflowing by the time you leave!

1  Thank WITravelBug
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I stopped by the Oriental Institute expecting to spend maybe an hour. I ended up spending 3 and still felt rushed! The quality and organization of artifacts is simply exquisite. If you have even the slightest interest in ancient art or Mesopotamian culture, make sure...More

Thank GirlRaisedInTexas
Reviewed 24 September 2017

went here for an exhibition about Persepolis. The exhibition was short and full of pictures about the site in the 1920s. There are other permanent exhibitions

Thank Yuanxi Z
Reviewed 17 September 2017

This museum is well worth seeing especially if you visit the Robie House which is right across the street. It is located in the southern part of the city. There is no direct tsubway service. You mist take the Red or Green line to Garfield....More

Thank russcox
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Most people who live in the area have not heard of or visited this museum but it is a gem on the south side. There are extremely unusual antiquities, and some of the areas represented have recently experienced a loss of ancient artifacts.

Thank vaSnips
Reviewed 16 September 2017

The museum is a bit off the beaten track for a tourist: there is no public transport so take an Uber rather than a regular taxi if you can. It is not huge, but reflects the numerous digs in which the University of Chicago has...More

Thank Hakluyt
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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
...More
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