Oriental Institute Virtual Museum
Please note: To view the Oriental Institute Virtual Museum's panoramic movies, you must have the free Apple QuickTime player installed on your computer.
Click on the image to download the panoramic movie.
The present Oriental Institute Museum opened in 1931. Its predecessor, the Haskell Museum, was established in 1896, and re-christened the Oriental Institute Museum in 1919. The museum is on the campus of the University of Chicago. It serves the faculty, staff, and students of the University; national and international scholars; the general public and school children. A strong feature of the collections of the Museum is that a great proportion of the objects were excavated by Oriental Institute expeditions, or by expeditions sponsored by the University of Chicago. In 1996, the exhibit areas closed as the museum embarked upon a renovation project and the installation of climate control systems into the galleries and storage areas. The galleries will reopen to the public in 1998.
Revised: February 19, 2007