At the Oriental Institute we inspire curiosity, discovery and learning about Ancient Middle Eastern civilization through outstanding research, collections, exhibitions, and education. Experience the Oriental Institute the best way possible—as a member! You will receive exclusive access, discounts and subscriptions to Oriental Institute. The Oriental Institute depends upon members of all levels to 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!

Friends of the Oriental Institute

Our general membership group. Friends keep the Museum’s collection free every day for everyone. Members enjoy attractive benefits and enhanced experiences 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, informal dinners and tours with Institute faculty and receive reciprocal privileges to over 650 museums with our reciprocal museum programs.

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James Henry Breasted Society

The James Henry Breasted Society is a special category of membership formed to provide an annual renewable source of unrestricted funds for the most pressing research projects of the Oriental Institute.

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Educator Pass

Join our professional learning community.

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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.

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Young Professional

The YP is intended for anyone between the ages of 22-45 who wants 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.

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