Picture the past at the Museum. Join our Verbal Imaging Tours and Multisensory Tours, which are free and designed to meet the needs of visitors with visual disabilities.

Tour Options & Schedule

The Verbal Imaging Tours run every other month. They are guided by trained volunteer docent who will give detailed verbal descriptions of the artifact highlights in the permanent galleries. Object replicas will also be available for participants to touch and feel the rich material culture housed at the Oriental Institute.

The Multisensory Tours also run every other month. These thematic tours focus on one gallery, and are guided by University of Chicago graduate students who are content specialists. Sighted companions are welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited. Tour themes include:

  • Archaeology in Five Senses
  • Making Sense(s) of the Past in Mesopotamia
  • Stories of a Mummification Workshop
  • Faces, Forms, and Poses — The Egyptian Style

Before Your Visit

Listen to our lectures and talks
Check out our YouTube channel and explore our work about the ancient Near East from world-renowned scholars. Thanks to the generous support of Oriental Institute Members, Sponsors, and Partners for the funds to film these lectures.

Discover our publications
Learn about our museum collections and research through some of the Oriental Institute Museum catalogs and other Oriental Institute publications by series or topic.

View Upcoming Tour Schedule

Contact Us

The Oriental Institute welcomes comments and suggestions about how we might continue to improve our programs for visitors with disabilities. Please contact us at:

Access Programs
Public Education & Outreach Department