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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
773-702-9520
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Ranked #9 of 367 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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Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
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34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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London
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Oriental Theatre is historic and terrific....we saw Motown the Musical there and loved it! Great story and performances of classic music!

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Michigan
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19 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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!

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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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... More

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St. Johns, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a treasure! The artifacts in this museum are incredible. While there were lines outside the Chicago Art Museum, this gem, in Hyde Park, as part of the University of Chicago kept me mesmerized for hours. Beautifully preserved artifacts and archaeological facts were amazing. Going back to 3000 BC to see how several cultures lived was captivating and the walk-through... More

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