The world-renowned OI Museum aims to understand, reveal, and protect the earliest human civilizations.

Right at 58th and University is one of the world’s greatest centers for understanding the story of our lives as humans together; envisioned as a “laboratory for the study of the rise and development of civilization,” the Oriental Institute is the University of Chicago’s—and one of the world’s—very first interdisciplinary institutes. The OI is also a world-renowned museum, housing some 350,000 artifacts, excavated mainly by OI archaeologists, and a comprehensive archive that documents our fieldwork and other research. Together, the Oriental Institute Museum collections comprise one of the best resources in the world for the ancient Middle East, allowing us to understand, reveal, and protect the past.

The OI Museum displays objects recovered by OI excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the Levant, as well as rotating special exhibitions. As you explore these galleries, you’ll discover how people thousands of years ago forged a collective identity—confronting, as we do today, issues of autonomy, diversity, and unity. We start here. Whether you’re a current, aspiring, or amateur archeologist, artist, humanist, scientist, historian, philosopher, or linguist, we invite you to visit and learn about the beginnings of our lives as humans, together.

THE OI BY THE NUMBERS
350,000 approximate number of artifacts in the collection, primarily excavated by OI archaeologists
5,000 approximate number of artifacts on display
View of the Khorsabad Court in the OI Museum
Colossal 40-ton winged bull and carved wall reliefs from an Assyrian palace in the Yelda Khorsabad Court
Colossal statue of King Tutankhamun
Colossal statue of King Tutankhamun

Museum and Suq Gift Shop Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am–8 pm
Monday: Closed

The Museum and Suq are closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Reduced hours include: the day before Thanksgiving and July 3rd, 10 am–3 pm; Christmas Even, 10–3 pm; and New Year's Eve, 10 am–3 pm.

 

Suggested Donation:

$10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12. For groups of 10 or more people visiting the museum, please register by completing and submitting the appropriate form on the following page: Tours & Group Visits 

 

Photography Policy:

Photography is permitted in the museum galleries. Use of tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or additional lighting units, however, is not permitted. Photographs taken in the galleries are for personal interest and research use only; they are not to be published or used for commercial purposes.

 

Sketching Policy:

Visitors and groups may only use pencil and must have a notebook or clipboard to use. Leaning on cases is not permitted.

 

Items Not Permitted in the Galleries:

Food or drinks, backpacks, umbrellas, parcels or bags larger than 11”x13”, and e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Also, please refrain from talking on any cellular devices while inside the galleries.