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Oriental Institute Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very nice Museum!

It was my first visit to Oriental Institute(located on campus University of Chicago) I learned a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sandra_TheTraveler
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Chicago, Illinois
Unexpected treasure

The Oriental Institute has to be one of the best kept secrets of Chicago. The collection includes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a leading research center for the ancient Middle East. The museum houses some 350,000 artifacts—around 5,000 of which are on display—excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a...more
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155 E 58th St, Southeast corner of 58th St and University Ave, east of the University Quadrangle, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was my first visit to Oriental Institute(located on campus University of Chicago) I learned a lot about Middle and Near East and hope to bring someone there next time too

Date of experience: January 2019
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OI_Museum, Owner at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and for visiting the Museum. Please return again soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

The Oriental Institute has to be one of the best kept secrets of Chicago. The collection includes an incredible selection of Mesopotamia, Sumerian and Egyptian art and artifacts. If you love ancient history and exquisite artwork, this is the place to visit. And the entrance...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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OI_Museum, Owner at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. Please help spread the word! We're working hard to no longer be a "secret" of Chicago.

Reviewed 3 days ago

I adore this institution, because it doesn't obscure its artifacts with wall-size text and videos. If I want to read, I pick up a book. If I want to watch a film, I go to a theater or screen something on my laptop. But if...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and for visiting. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love going to this museum. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but it’s a must for those who love oriental history. They have done large, impressive statues that are well-positioned to take your breath away.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I literally grew up blocks away from this museum, and as an adolescent, I didn't appreciate it nearly as much as I did as an adult. Upon my recent visit, I felt compelled to return to remind myself of the greatness held within these walls....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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OI_Museum, Owner at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your return visit. Please come back again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have any interest in ancient history, you need to visit the Oriental Institute on the campus of the University of Chicago. If not, you’ll likely develop an interest during a visit to the Institute. This museum has nearly 400,000 artifacts associated with various...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review and for visiting the museum over the holiday season!

Reviewed December 11, 2018

Extensive display of collections. The garments. statues, swords and art works were just remarkable. Love this spot.

Date of experience: February 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Thank you for visiting the museum and for leaving a positive review. We appreciate it! Best, Oriental Institute Museum

Reviewed November 16, 2018

Our friends brought us here after they had visited the prior week. It's a smaller museum focusing on ancient cultures and history from Bible times. We are Jehovah's Witnesses and our friends had taken a tour with one of our sisters from the area who...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

The fact that entry is free over here is like cherry on cake. The museum hosts artifacts of the eastern civilization, and also hosts the famous Egyptian "Book of the Dead". It is not very large, so you won't get tired walking around the place,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

I love history, mostly Civil War history. But I minored in Ancient History at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and have a large collection of books on ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome in my library. So you can imagine that I enjoy annual visits...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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OIMuseum, Manager at Oriental Institute Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Thank you for the thorough and positive review. Best, Oriental Institute Museum

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October 7, 2018|
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Response from sussta | Reviewed this property |
Hi - best thing to find out the opening times is to visit the museum website which has all the details. Hope you enjoy your visit!
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onecoolraisin
Huntersville, North Carolina
Making a Plan (10 Replies)
We are taking a family vacation in Aug & I'm needing some help. I'm trying to achieve that critical balance between having enough to do & not packing in too much. The list of places below are some of the attractions we want to see but I can't find out how long the average tour is. Thanks for the help. Museum of Science & Industry Oriental Institute Museum Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Children's Museum Field Museum Sears Tower Skydeck
July 07, 2009|
Response fromDave148|
You'll need to allow at least a 1/2 day for the MSI. You'll want to hit the Oriental on the same day as the MSI. Other than the MSI, the others on your list can each be knocked off within a couple of hours. It depends on your interest level.
Spotsoftime
Los Angeles, CA USA
What's a Metra (1 Replies)
I need to get from my hotel north of the river to the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, and I was told to take a METRA. What's a METRA? Thanks.
March 27, 2006|
kjr412
Westchester County, NY
Need an inexpensive lunch spot in the Hyde Park Area (7 Replies)
I'm going to Chicago in March and will be going to the Museum of Science & Industry and the Oriental Institute Museum (if there's time in the late afternoon) one of the days that I'm in town. I plan to load up on breakfast so I don't -have to- stop for lunch if I don't feel I'm hungry, but I want to have a "plan" on where to go if I do. Any suggestions of nearby lunch spots that won;t break the bank? (and/or are quick, yet not chain fast food). Thanks! :)
January 26, 2011|
Response fromAmata_Chicago|
Hyde Park is notorious for its limited food options, I'm afraid. Dave's suggestion of the Medici is a good one, for the neighborhood, and there are a few other choices in the same stretch of 57th St. That stretch would be closer to the Oriental Institute than to the MSI, though. Another possibility close to the OI might be the cafe inside the U of C's Business School (the big modern building on the SE corner of 58th and Woodlawn). That cafe is closed on Sundays, though. If you go only to...More