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“Size does not matter”

Oriental Institute Museum
Ranked #24 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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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 October 18, 2013

This museum has an excellent collection of artifacts from the far east. When you enter (and throughout the exhibition space) there computer terminals that my two teens headed toward right away; proved to be an excellent introduction to what was to come. Other bonus: mummies! Suggested entrance fee is $10 but contribute what works for you. The museum is quite near Rockefeller Chapel and Robie house if you have the time to explore. Also nearby on campus is the Renaissance Society art exhibition space.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This small museum on the campus of the University of Chicago is a real hidden gem. The area itself is worth a short visit and stroll around campus (a peaceful oasis from downtown, etc). We found street parking and followed some construction to the unassuming entrance. Entrance is based on a $10 suggested donation and there is an audio-tour available. The museum is well-laid out in a circuit, with each area moving chronologically at first, then regionally - from early Akkadian / Mesopotamian exhibits (including some wonderful friezes from a throne-room), to Persian bull-heads, Egyptian mummies, and Nubian archers. Really a great way to learn more about this fascinating region - recommend about 2-3 hours.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I love ancient culture museums and sites. This museum was a wonderful visit. It's chock-full of ancient artifacts, giant statues, mummies, art, etc. The exhibits are well-documented and educational. It's donation based, I was happy to contribute $10 but you could visit for zero if you are budget-conscious. And you can rent an iPod with an audio tour for $5. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you have not been to the Louvre, National Museum in Egypt or other large museums, you will love this place. There are substantial artifacts From Mesopotamia, Assyria, Persia, etc. The Persian exhibit especially is spectacular. There is an large head of a bull mounted on a wall and that is just so brilliant. The writeup on each of the exhibit pieces are very very informative. A must see if you are in Hyde Park.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went to the University of Chicago to see the Smart Museum and Robbie House. Unfortunately, we couldn't get into Robbie House because all the tours were booked. so we went to the Oriental Museum instead. We were very impressed by the explanations of Mesopotamian society and the large artifacts of art from historical archaeological digs. We only had an hour to spend but could have easily spend 2 or more hours there.

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