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Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
+1 773-702-9520
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Amazing collection

I have visited the museum at a time when most rooms were closed for some reorganization. Still what... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Francesco M
via mobile
A Stunning Assyrian Collection

With the destruction of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq by ISIS in today's headlines, the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jon from Dallas
Dallas, Texas
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Art and history museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637-1540
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have visited the museum at a time when most rooms were closed for some reorganization. Still what was open was amazing! The Prehistoric Archeological collection is quite interesting, spanning from the Neolithic up to ~500BC... one hour was definitely short to visit it

Thank Francesco M
Reviewed 6 days ago

With the destruction of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq by ISIS in today's headlines, the Middle Eastern collections at the Oriental Institute gain even more importance than they did when discovered in the 1920s. Since the antiquities laws of 1930, the Oriental Institute has...More

1  Thank Jon from Dallas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love ancient civilizations so this was right up my alley. Half the museum is closed until the end of July so if you go before August, you will only see half. I still enjoyed myself thoroughly. Great information and about the very first advanced...More

Thank GabrielleKM
Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved this little gem. The museum has such an amazing display of artifacts from the Near East. We had a lot of "a-ha" moments since we had just returned from a trip to Jordan and we could see a lot of similarities and...More

1  Thank Jan56345
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful gem in Hyde Park. It is near the University of Chicago, so it may be out of the way if you're staying in the city center, but it's worth visiting. I found the exhibits very informative and interesting. This museum is...More

1  Thank mccoyfive
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Historical museum of the then known center of the world. Our friends thought this was only Chinese history. How Ignorant we can be. Very interesting world History- recommend at least once if not more

1  Thank Mn J
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We were in the Hyde park area; strolling along the university campus when we came across this wonderful museum and decided to enter. I am glad we did so because this museum is full of treasured artefacts; I especially enjoyed the Babylon and Assyrian section.

1  Thank meshef
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This trip was my first time to visit the completely renovated Oriental Institute. They did a fine job. The Egyptian and Mesopotamian displays are very impressive.

Thank Ron F
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Saw many items that I never thought I would be able to see personally. Focuses on ancient cultures.

Thank Allyson A
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Most of the art here, from Ancient Mesopotamia, is amazing and special, from 2700 BCE to around 700 BCE and more. The centerpiece, the thing that makes this stupendous, is the Lamassu statue, a huge winged man- bull. Since Isis destroyed many of these in...More

1  Thank Paula H
Hyde Park
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
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