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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
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Ranked #15 of 381 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I visited this museum upon a Chicago tourism employee's recommendation. I had told him that I didn't want to pay the high admission price charged by some much larger museums as I didn't want to spend a whole day visiting. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy my visit to this small museum as much as I thought I would. This was perhaps... More

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

While few, even in Chicago, are aware of the Oriental Institute, it is a spectacular collection of antiquities with a focus on Mesopotamia and Egypt. Housed at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, it showcases the work of famous scholars from the school from over 100 years and some of the finest examples of antiquities from that region. You... More

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London, United Kingdom
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573 reviews 573 reviews
229 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Oriental Institute Museum is a fair schlep out of the city centre down in the Chicago university campus. However , the museum and its collections more than make upnforbthe effort to get here. This is a world-class museum as fine as any antiquities collection in London, Paris, Rome or Berlin. The collection was gathered while the Institute was excavating... More

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Buffalo, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Very Cool! Was Not expecting too see Mummies. Loved the King Tut Statue. A lot of places too take some neat photos. I also learned a few things. Took a couple hours but I sort of wish I stayed longer and read more about certain items.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A fascinating stop for aficionados of the ancient Near East. It offers exhibits from two of my favorite historical periods: Egypt under the Pharaohs and Ancient Persia. I derived additional pleasure from a visit because, in addition to the impressive collection of antiquities, the site has that distinctive look of the classic museums seen in any number of archaeological movie... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Chicago boasts so many world-class museums that the Oriental Institute and the museum campus at the University of Chicago often gets overlooked.

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Augusta, Georgia
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Beautifully displayed artifacts and other historical finds from near East and parts of Africa. To see in person items you've only read about or seen in pictures is so impressive. We love history and Bible study and this enhanced our learning. Not too large that you can't see a lot in an afternoon. Good location, parking was good, short walk... More

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Chicago, IL
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 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.

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Hyderabad, India
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89 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 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 better to include study of ancientHistory ,civilization and Archeology of India, China and Japan

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 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/

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