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Oriental Institute Museum

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Address: 1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
Phone Number: 773-702-9520
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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
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Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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Small Local Treasure

I'd heard rave reviews about the OI, but had never been. Due to popular demand within our homeschool group, I organized a field trip there for a wide range of age ranges. They... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'd heard rave reviews about the OI, but had never been. Due to popular demand within our homeschool group, I organized a field trip there for a wide range of age ranges. They people there were absolutely wonderful both in the planning and in the actual execution of the field trip. Not only that, this place has some truly amazing... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just happened to walk in after a morning visit to Robie House across the street. While we spent more than two hours here in the afternoon, the museum is worth a full-day visit for a history fanatic. The special photography exhibit on the University of Chicago's expedition to Persepolis in the 1930s was stunning. Given our limited time, I took... More 

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum and have a good exhibition of West Asian kingdoms such as Assyria, Persia, etc. Students of Indian history will see a lot in common between the living civilisation in India and the ancient destroyed civilisations of West Asia. I enclose one photograph of a so-called Bullman who resembles Indian saint Vaakyapaada. I also include photos... More 

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Middle East history. Impressive stone wall reliefs from Mesopotamia, and even a mummy of King Tut.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up right down the street from the OI so I tended to take it for granted. I went there on class-field trips, for special exhibitions and speakers, and to get out of the rain (it's pay what you wish, or at least it was the last time I went). They have a really great collection (they are leaders... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Close to the science museum and in the heart of the Neogothic university campus, AND free, this place should be swarming with visitors given its very rich and venerable collection.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum, contained within University of Chicago, is surprisingly large and extensive, despite its modest exterior. It had tons of beautiful artifacts, ranging from small fragments of writing tablets to large sections of ancient walls.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Oriental Institute is a must for any history buff. Don't be fooled by the size, it takes a good 2 hours of time to go thru and study everything. I recommend getting the headsets. There are different options to listen to and enjoy.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Oriental Institute has an amazing archeological collection from the Middle East as well as complementary educational programming. It is great for people who are interested in history or other aspects of culture. The presentation of the collections, however, is very academic and somewhat dry. It is great to combine a visit here with Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, the... More 

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Gandhinagar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not much interested in middle eastern history and antiquity, go at least for the gigantic winged bull and large stone wall reliefs from Mesopotamia, and the huge mummy of King Tut- these will give you some idea of the magnificence of the civilizations they came from. Best of all, its free! Easy to get to via... More 

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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.