The Oriental Institute Museum allows you to travel to distant and ancient civilizations without leaving Chicago. Part of the ... More
Oriental Institute Museum
The Oriental Institute Museum allows you to travel to distant and ancient civilizations without leaving Chicago. Part of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, the Institute Museum features outstanding anthropological and archaeological exhibits about the early human civilizations that developed in the East. Visitors can reflect on man's accomplishments as they examine rare artifacts from historic nations including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran and Palestine. Afterwards, browse the "Suq" (Arabic for "market") for Eastern finds and unusual gifts. Guided group tours and workshops are available. Photography is permitted in the museum and galleries. Photographs can also be ordered from the photographic archives. Admission is donation based, with a suggested USD10 for adults and USD5 for children 12 and under.
We had been studying ancient Mesopotamia in my history class, and we went to the Oriental Institute Museum for our first class trip. An incredibly complete collection of artifacts, very comprehensive. I was very pleasantly surprised. You can learn a lot, and the atmosphere is more condusive to perusal than is the Field Museum. Highly recommended.
Guides were very knowledgable. Not your typical museum crammed full of everything they own. Instead the exhibits were selective and educational without being overwhelming. Did not take all day to see alot. Excellant for students of art.
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