Save the Date! Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020

On December 1, the OI’s community will come TOGETHER to celebrate the global day of giving – Giving Tuesday!

Posted on November 23, 2020

OI News and Notes 247 (Fall 2020) Now Available!

The OI announces the online publication of News & Notes #247 (Fall 2020), now available for download from the OI website.

Posted on November 11, 2020

Discovery is back, again. Reserve your ticket now!

The OI Galleries are re-opening Tuesday, September 29. We have worked together with the University of Chicago to design a unique and safe visitor experience. Book your ticket today and enjoy the distinctive opportunity to have the OI collection to yourself for one hour!

Posted on October 1, 2020

Cat of the Month Calendar

We are happy to present you with a monthly digital calendar with our favorite images of cats from our collection! Sign up to receive the monthly email with downloadable images for your desktop, phone screen, or a printable version of the Cat of the Month calendar.

Posted on August 31, 2020

OI Centennial Profiled by ASOR

The Ancient Near East Today, Volume VIII, No. 8 (August 2020) profiled the OI centennial with an article by Theo van den Hout called "From 'An' to 'The': The OI at 100." The article is available online:

Posted on August 10, 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 August 9, 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 August 7, 2020

News & Notes 245 (Spring 2020) is now available

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the online publication of News & Notes #245.

Posted on April 23, 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 March 25, 2020


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 March 14, 2020