Oriental Institute Museum

Official Homepage: oi.uchicago.edu/

Fee: Suggested $7

Sun. 12 PM–6 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10 AM–6 PM
Wed. 10 AM–8:30 PM
Thu. 10 AM–6 PM
Fri. 10 AM–6 PM
Sat. 10 AM–6 PM
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, Chicago 60607
(773) 702-9514

Check the Oriental Institute website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


This is the Assyrian Lamassu at the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.
The Oriental Institute (website) is a Museum (Cultural) in Chicago.
Official description from Oriental Institute:
The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
Dan's opinion:

I like the fact that this was the only museum I've seen so far to explicitly state on its website that "Photography, including built-in and/or attached flash, is permitted in the museum galleries without permission. " (emphasis mine)

Wikipedia excerpt:
The Oriental Institute (OI), established in 1919, is the University of Chicago's archeology museum and research center for ancient Near Eastern studies. James Henry Breasted built up the collection of the Haskell Oriental Museum. He dreamed of establishing a research institute, “a laboratory for the study of the rise and development of civilization”, that would trace Western civilization to its roots in the ancient Middle East. As World War I wound down, he sensed an opportunity to use his influence in the new political climate. He wrote to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and proposed the foundation of what would become the Oriental Institute. Fundamental to the implementation of his plan was a research trip through the Middle East, which Breasted had optimistically, or perhaps naively, suggested was ready to receive scholars. Breasted received a reply from Rockefeller pledging $50,000 over five years for the Oriental Institute. Unbeknownst to Breasted, Rockefeller assured University of Chicago President Judson that he would pledge another $50,000 to the cause. The University of Chicago contributed additional support, and in May 1919 the Oriental Institute was founded. The Institute is housed in an unusual Art-Deco/Gothic building at the corner of 58th Street and University Avenue, which was designed by the architectural firm Mayers Murray & Phillip. Construction was completed in 1930, and the building was dedicated in 1931.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Oriental Institute homepage or our exhibitions list for Chicago-wide exhibits.

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