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The Oriental Institute Museum will be temporarily closed. 

The health and safety of our community is of great concern to the University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute, particularly in light of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The OI has been working with the University, and we are carefully monitoring information and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health. We are also taking appropriate measures to maintain a safe environment here at the OI. To this end, the OI Museum will be closed from 3/17–3/31, at which point we will reassess the situation. Please understand that this decision was made in the best interests of community health and safety and please check this website for any updates or changes. For additional information from the University on the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit this website:

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2020

Join the OI on Social Media!

Join the OI on social media for enhanced, at home exploration! During these weeks of museum closure, we will use social media to bring the OI to you.

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

News & Notes 246 (Summer 2020) is now available

The OI announces the online publication of News & Notes 246 (Summer 2020). The theme for this issue is Love in Egypt. Download the full issue

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020

New Edition of Pioneer to the Past Now Available

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces a new publication in print and online of a new edition of Pioneer to the Past: The Story of James Henry Breasted, Archaeologist, Told by His Son Charles Breasted. DOWNLOAD / PURCHASE

Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2020