We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth heading down to the south side”

Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #32 of 667 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 July 2014

If you have an interest in Middle Eastern archaeology then this is a museum not to be missed. Situated in the University, its a fair way from town, but the University surroundings are worth exploring too and there are good cafes and bookshops around. The Institute shows artefacts from excavations carried out by the University, which include several major and some interesting minor sites. The displays are a little old fashioned by today's standards but some of the exhibits are gems. Not huge, but everything on display merited its place.

2  Thank AlanofLondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (481)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

244 - 248 of 481 reviews

Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Oriental Theatre is historic and terrific....we saw Motown the Musical there and loved it! Great story and performances of classic music!

1  Thank Rich R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 July 2014

have been to Chicago many times but never visited this museum. It was large, 6 different rooms to explore. Many original pieces from Egypt and the continent. Found it very educational and interesting! They only ask for a Donation!

4  Thank classygrl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 July 2014

A great little museum with an impressive collection! It is really such a jewel and can keep you busy for a few hours. Because it is not one of the large museums, it is not ridiculously crowded and you can enjoy looking at the exhibits for a few hours. It is walking distance from the Metra station. There is a row of old book stores and eating places along 57th street. Robie house by Frank Lloyd wright is also in the area so you can make a full day trip out of it.

1  Thank Michelle O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 July 2014

What a treasure! The artifacts in this museum are incredible. While there were lines outside the Chicago Art Museum, this gem, in Hyde Park, as part of the University of Chicago kept me mesmerized for hours. Beautifully preserved artifacts and archaeological facts were amazing. Going back to 3000 BC to see how several cultures lived was captivating and the walk-through is easy. With audio tours for $5.00 available and admission on a donation basis, ($10.00 adults, $5.00 children recommended) this was an affordable, amazing afternoon! Loved it!

1  Thank Jane K K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Oriental Institute Museum also viewed

 

Been to Oriental Institute Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing