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“Best place to view Ancient Near eastern Art”

Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #24 of 643 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum of the history, archaeology, languages, art and cultures of the ancient Near East. The galleries display objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, Palestine, and Israel, including mummies, monumental sculpture, some of the earliest examples of writing, and objects of daily life. Check the website for special exhibits, lectures, adult and family activities.
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

In your list of things to do in Chicago you should include this location without a doubt. What an amazing collection of Near Eastern Art and Artifacts. From Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian Art, I was in a state of bliss witnessing these ancient artifacts. I am a lover of art and an educator so it was a delight to be able to view these artifacts which I show to my students via mediocre technological means, in person. Chicago is an artist's lover Mecca and while I recommend everything in this city do include and support this wonderful location, it is worth the trip!!! I don't remember the cost to enter as I support all museums and art collections but it won't make a dent in your wallet I promise. While in the area take in some of the restaurants near by the school all frequented by university staff and an students.

Thank Byronlove64
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Take a step back into antiquity, and see some of the very first forms of writing and culture. There are only a few museums in the U.S. that are comparable for the study of ancient history and archaeology. One of the things l liked about it was that it presents the material in a way that's easy for anyone to understand. Even though it's part of the University of Chicago, it's not just for academics or researchers.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Especially if you're in the U of C area, stop in to see their impressive collection.
I discovered the OI because they have some evening lectures open to the public (which I also recommend).
It's a great way to spend an evening, learn something new and some give access to the museum after the lecture.
I had no idea they had so many interesting treasures! Really great to see. I recommend.
Lots of nice restaurants popping up in that area and a great view of the city from the nearby Promontory Point.

Thank cheesiemac
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Great many artistic and functional objects excavated in middle east. Well organized exhibit. Bit difficult though not impossible to find during the 58th street renovation.

Thank antware
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Small and highly informative. The museum covers the Middle East - Egypt, Arabia, Turkey and so forth. The displays were well done and the placards were fascinating and made learning the material easy and fun.

Thank BombayLiz
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