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Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #32 of 647 things to do in Chicago
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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.
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“I love this place”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The museum is a small place full of little marvels. There is a $10 suggested donation and free street parking. We had to park a couple blocks away as we happened to arrive during commencement.

Visited June 2014
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Worth heading down to the south side”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
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“Motown the Musical”
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!

Visited July 2014
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Michigan
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73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Fantastic Museum!”
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!

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Small museum with a lot of kick”
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.

Visited December 2013
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