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“Gem of a Museum”

Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #26 of 662 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We stumbled across this and realized that it was the museum from the Indiana Jones movies!!

There is an amazing collection of pieces here and I only wish that I had time to read through all of the exhibits!

This is definitely on my list for a return-visit.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit to see artifacts from ancient civilizations in the Middle East -- Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, etc. We just visited the British Museum in London known for their ancient artifacts, and while the British Museum tends to have more and larger objects, the Oriental Institute is just as good, if not better, because you really get a feel for the cultures -- their science/technology, arts and literature, and daily life. The artifacts tell a story, and the Oriental Institute has some huge statutes too. For one big Egyptian statute, there are only two in the world -- Egypt and Chicago. This museum is free; they ask for a donation, and it's well worth it. It's a perfect place to stop by if you're visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House as it's just across the street.

1  Thank Lisa-MichTravel
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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.

1  Thank Jamie C
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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
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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
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