The Dawn of History: Society and Culture in Ancient Mesopotamia

This eight–week, asynchronous, online course provides an accessible introduction to the archaeology and history of Mesopotamia.

Adult Continuing Education

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Museumgoers

Learn to read the “words of the gods” through this eight-week course on Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Adult Continuing Education

Before the Alphabet: Writing Systems in the Ancient World

This six-week course surveys the ways in which humans make language visible.

Adult Coninuing Education

Experience the Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute Public Education and Outreach offers a mix of educational programs, including gallery tours, hands-on workshops for children and families, and rigorous adult education courses. The Oriental Institute is dedicated to engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds with ancient cultures and the arts.

Osiris and Isis Dance Performance by Ron De Jesús Dance

Chicago choreographer Ron De Jesús created a 90-minute story ballet inspired by the ancient Egyptian gods Osiris and Isis.

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Mummies Night

Get up close and personal with a mummy, discover painted coffins and a Book of the Dead, try on an outfit from King Tut's closet, and go on a treasure hunt in our Egyptian Gallery.

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Epic Wednesday: Afterlife Afterparty

Come to the Oriental Institute to celebrate this ongoing desire and join the immortals on a “haunted tour” that explores the archaeological mysteries and magical texts of ancient Egyptians in our Research Archives.

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