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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
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Ranked #11 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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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A beautiful and amazing collection in this small museum, tucked into the Hyde Park neighborhood, surrounded by the U. of Chicago, Rockefeller Chapel, the Robie House, and The Smart Museum. A great area to spend a day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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101 reviews 101 reviews
75 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I stopped here for the Egyptian antiquities and was very impressed with the rest of the collection. A lot of neat artifacts that span centuries of history. The 40 ton statue from an Assyrian court was impressive, as were some smaller items like pull toys for children. The 16 foot tall Tutankhamen was impressive, as was a giant bull from... More

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Several comprehensive collections that span eras and some impressively large stone sculptures with accompanying pictorial explanations of how the building was built around the installations. I would love to see a contemporary exhibit about the extent of recent looting in the area.

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Arlington, Virginia
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266 reviews 266 reviews
111 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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