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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
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Ranked #10 of 366 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Traveler Description: The word "oriental" in the name might confuse some.  The collection has nothing to do with China, Japan or India, but instead is a huge... more »
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Arlington, Virginia
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266 reviews 266 reviews
111 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Oriental Institute Museum is a collection of art and artifacts from the Ancient Middle East - almost everything is from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia and Anatolia from 5,000 BC to 1 AD. A lot of the collection is from the Institute's own expeditions in the Middle East. It's a relatively narrow focus for a museum, but what they have is... More

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Juneau, Alaska
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a very interesting museum, with important collections. Not to be missed if you are interested in ancient history and archaeology

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Vienna, Virginia
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Located on the campus of the University of Chicago, the museum is a treasure trove of artifacts from the Middle East. Free of charge, there is a place for donations. Many amazing pieces found in the Middle East and shipped here. It's Indiana Jones' museum from the movies. There is everything from an enormous King Tut to little household items.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is well-kept secret in the University of Chicago. All that is required to visit is a donation. There is a nice little gift shop too where you can find some goodies after you're done. They had some nice pieces of ancient Egyptian shabtis and sarcophagi. The whole museum is pretty small and you can see it in about an... More

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Muskegon, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great pieces on the human history of writing, especially from the middle- and far east. It's worth the visit.

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105 reviews 105 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If you are interested in history, you are in for a treat; if you are not, it will change your mind. Take your kids and be ready for serious explanations. This world-class museum presents the rarest and most important artifacts uncovered by expeditions of the University of Chicago over the last 120+ years in the cradle of our civilization. Great... More

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La Romana, Dominican Republic
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I graduated from the University of Chicago, where the Oriental. Institute is located. When I attended, the Shroud of Turin was there being analyzed. It is more than a museum, but history in motion? Well worth the visit to Hyde Park. Go see the University's Rockefeller Chapel next door, the original 30 Rock, and the Museum of Science and Industry... More

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Ottawa, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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... More

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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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.

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