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Oriental Institute Museum

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Address: 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 773-702-9520
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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It was cool learning about the way people lived in bc and seeing all the ancient ruins. Plus it was free to go thru.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It was cool learning about the way people lived in bc and seeing all the ancient ruins. Plus it was free to go thru.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A real gem for those interested in early civilisations of Iraq/ Persia and Central Asia. The pieces and explanations are first class.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A free museum on the campus of the university of Chicago! It looks like not much from the outside but they have really great exhibits inside! A real hidden gem!

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I'm hesitant to recommend the Oriental Institute because I totally groove on it's 'off the beaten path, road less traveled' groove, however the collections are so exceptional it seems stingy to keep it all to myself. I cannot recommend this place any more highly. It's definitely got an Indiana Jones vibe (it even started out as a research laboratory) with... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I love this museum almost as much as the L.A. Natural museum or the Smithsonian in D.C. If you are a fan of Egyptian history, you will feel right at home. Way too much to see in a single day. Visited in August 1990

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Located on the University of Chicago campus, the Oriental Institute houses art and archaeological objects from ancient Middle Eastern cultures, Egypt, and Nubia. The Museum is small enough that you don't feel overwhelmed, but has many important objects that allow visitors to see stylistic features and develop an understanding of the different ancient cultures. Our docent was very knowledgeable is... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This archaeological museum of the ancient Middle East at the University of Chicago is truly world class. On par with similar exhibits at London's British Museum, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, Cairo's Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Jerusalem's Rockefeller Museum. Do not miss it while in Chicago! On street parking only (sometimes difficult when classes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a great museum that takes about an hour to walk through. It is free, although they recommend a donation. There are nice artifacts and representations, with each room of the museum representing a different area of Asia or Africa. I would recommend if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The museum is small in size but has a fantastic selection of items from Mesopotamia and Egypt. Definitely worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you like artifacts from the age of Antiquity, this is your place! I would read up on the exhibits before you go or everything just looks like an old piece of pottery.

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Additional Information about Oriental Institute Museum

Address: 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 773-702-9520
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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 gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.