Vist the Museum 

Since our founding in 1919–a time when the Middle East was called the Orient—the OI has been a leading research center for the study of ancient civilizations. With 350,000 artifacts, excavated mainly by OI archaeologists, the OI Museum invites you to learn about the beginnings of our lives as humans together. Through galleries devoted to Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the Levant, come take a look into the ancient past.

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The OI Museum

Read about the OI Museum's history, mission statement, and activities and outreach.

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Joseph Lindon Smith: The Persepolis Paintings

Explore our current special exhibition.

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