At the Oriental Institute we inspire curiosity, discovery and learning about Ancient Middle Eastern civilizations through outstanding research, collections, exhibitions, and education. Experience the OI the best way possible—as a member! You will receive access to exclusive programming, special pricing on adult education classes, discounts in the Suq museum shop, and a subscription to the OI's quarterly members' magazine, News and Notes. Your membership dues support the learning and enrichment programs that make our Institute an important – and free – international resource. Find the level that’s right for you or gift a membership to a friend!

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Friends of the Oriental Institute

Our general membership group, Friends, keeps the Museum’s collection free every day for everyone. Members enjoy free and discounted programing for individuals and families, special rates on OI adult education classes, and a yearly subscription to our quarterly magazine, all starting at just $40!

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Associates of the Oriental Institute

Enjoy all the benefits of Annual Family membership, as well as invitations to gallery talks and tours with Institute faculty and research associates. As a supporter at the Associates level, you receive privileges to over 650 museums in North America through our reciprocal museum programs.

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James Henry Breasted Society

The James Henry Breasted Society is a special category of membership that attracts lifelong learners and explorers. As a Breasted Society member, you receive invitations to exclusive salons and dinners, as well as OI travel opportunities. Your annual Breasted Society dues provide a renewable source of unrestricted funds for the most pressing research projects of the Oriental Institute.

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Educator Pass

Join our professional educators community, a membership level designed to enhance learning and instill a sense of exploration. This level is intended for classroom instructors at the K-12 grade levels.

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UChicago Arts Pass

Oriental Institute Membership is FREE for all University of Chicago Students through the UChicago Arts Pass program. Membership is valid for the length of stay at the University and includes free admission to OI films, programs, and lectures.

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Young Professional

The YP is intended for anyone between the ages of 21-45 with a desire to learn more about the ancient Middle East while participating in exclusive educational, social, and volunteer activities with some of the world’s foremost academics. YP members are a passionate group, dedicated to supporting the OI's contemporary scholarship and research.

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