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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
+1 773-702-9520
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Fascinating history of Middle East

Particularly spectacular ruins from Egypt. Displays cover history for over 6,000 years in a... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2014
Chicago, IL

The museum in the Chicago University campus is good, especially if we are interested to know the... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2014
Hyderabad, India
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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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1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
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+1 773-702-9520
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Reviewed 23 October 2014

Particularly spectacular ruins from Egypt. Displays cover history for over 6,000 years in a chronological order. You can spend an hour or a day depending on your interest. On the Univ. of Chicago Campus which is well worth a walk around.

Thank sheridanroad
Reviewed 21 October 2014

The museum in the Chicago University campus is good, especially if we are interested to know the historical and archeological aspects of Middle and near east( Mesopotamia,( The land between rivers )Egypt, and the like. I suggested that to be really oriental it would be...More

Reviewed 17 October 2014

Few seem to know of this archaeological treasure. Many of the early archaeologists came from the Univ of Chicago. Many of their treasures are housed in the museum on the U of Chicago campus. easy to find/

Thank susanne lenz l
Reviewed 14 October 2014

If you are interested in history at all, visit this one! It has great Khorsabad scultures and many many different treasures. University of Chicago was one of the pre-eminent university in Iraq for a long time before the war broke out. So, some of their...More

1  Thank WanderingSpriti
Reviewed 10 October 2014 via mobile

The museum is simple but very well organized! I really enjoyed the way the pieces are sorted. There are many fundamental pieces that are linked to the bible narratives. All of them corroborate with the history and the texts, making us understand the context of...More

Thank Emanuel R
Reviewed 7 October 2014

Really great stuff! So many interesting artifacts and history. Really enjoyed this. The collection is amazing and the special exhibit was fantastic as well.

Thank Scorpiotraveler00
Reviewed 30 September 2014

The museum is divided into various geographies and era's in middle eastern history and is based upon the long history of archaeology and research conducted by the Oriental Institute. The exhibits are full displays of artifacts with a lot of opportunity to read about the...More

Thank Jim A
Reviewed 29 September 2014

This is truly a hidden gem - even most Chicagoans don't seem to know about it. But it is the only museum I've ever seen that gives a true picture of the early history of civilization. I went away knowing a great deal more about...More

1  Thank 82,985
Reviewed 15 September 2014

This place has so many gems. I'm glad the university is making an effort to share their learning and findings by opening this place up to the public. It was way bigger than I expected, but completely worth the few hours I spent in there....More

1  Thank Shannerful
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Take the #6 express bus from Wacker/Michigan or State Street. Once it gets to 11th and Michigan, it turns into an express all the way to around 55th. It takes about 20 min from the loop to the University of Chicago campus. It is about...More

1  Thank Esther P
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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