The Oriental Institute welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. The Museum has a range of resources and programs designed specifically for adults and children with disabilities.

Access to the Museum

Ramp access is available, and drop-offs are permitted. A traffic drop-off is available from the east side of University Avenue.

Questions?  Please call our Front Desk at (773) 702-9522 during Museum opening hours. 

Parking

After 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, free parking is available at Lexington Parking Lot (5835 South University Avenue), half a block south of the Oriental Institute. There is a limited number of accessible parking spaces in this parking lot. Pull up in front of the gate and it will open automatically.

If you plan on visiting the Institute before 4:00 p.m. on a weekday and need accessible parking in Lexington Parking Lot, please contact the Front Desk at (773) 702-9522 in advance to reserve a temporary permit.

Additional accessible parking is available at the Ellis Avenue Parking Structure, located at 5505 South Ellis Avenue. The parking structure charges a fee 24 hours a day or requires a permit. It is three blocks north and one block west of the Museum.

Inside the Museum

All our galleries are on ground level and are wheelchair accessible.  Elevators are located in the lobby with access to all floors. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Breasted Hall is equipped with a designated wheelchair area in the front row.

Visitors may use strollers throughout the Museum. An accessibility ramp into the Museum is located on the west side of building on University Avenue.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

A limited number of FM assistive listening devices for lectures, courses, guided tours, and other special events are available for check-out. Headsets and neck loops are available free of charge with identification.

Please contact the Public Education & Outreach Department at oi-education@uchicago.edu and specify the program you are attending.

Service Animals

Service animals to accompany people with disabilities are allowed in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. Service animals are not pets, and are defined as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you are planning a visit to the Oriental Institute with a service animal, please kindly notify our Public Education Department in advance at oi-education@uchicago.edu.

Coat and Bag Check

Complimentary lockers are available for use by our patrons, and are located on the west side of the building near our ramp entrance. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and other items should be checked at the front desk. The Oriental Institute Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen property.