In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East

Special Exhibit

April 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Museum Campus South


Museum Campus South
Weekends, August 2014

The Oriental Institute Museum has joined with other nearby cultural institutions to form Museum Campus South. Every weekend during the month of August, visitors can take a free hop-on/hop-off shuttle operating with stops at the Oriental Institute Museum, the Smart Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Logan Center for the Arts, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, and the Museum of Science and Industry

A long-standing initiative that has gained momentum from its recent inclusion in the Chicago Cultural Plan, Museum Campus South connects visitors to attractions and amenities within the South Side neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Washington Park, and Woodlawn.


Gold roundel. ca. 404-359 BC.  No Provenance. Thought to be from Hamadan, Iran. Diam. 11.5 cm.  OIM A28582.

July 16, 2014

Achemenet Project teams up with Oriental Institute to study ancient Persia

Through a partnership with the Achemenet Project in Paris, France, the Oriental Institute will provide online access to new images and documentation of the most significant parts of its Achaemenid period (550-330 BC) object collections.

The ruins of Khirbet al-Mafjar, seen from the southwest (Photo by Donald Whitcomb)

July 9, 2014

Hisham’s Palace Museum

A new museum opened to the public at the archaeological site of Khirbet al-Mafjar (Hisham’s Palace) on May 28, 2014.

June 16, 2014

Employment: Assistant Professor of Anatolian Archaeology

The Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago invite applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Anatolian Archaeology.