The Yelda Khorsabad Court featuring the colossal Lamassu sculptural reliefs from Sargon II's palace, around 705 BC

The Yelda Khorsabad Court

The Yelda Khorsabad Court featuring the colossal Lamassu sculptural reliefs from Sargon II's palace, Dur Sharrukin, Iraq, around 705 BC

Museum Campus South

Museum Campus South

Visit Museum Campus South and explore art, architecture, history, and science in the the heart of Chicago's mid South Side.

The Oriental Institute Museum is 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 closed temporarily starting March 17th. Please understand that this decision was made in the best interests of community health and safety.

The UChicago Forward Website provides a comprehensive guide to the resumption of programs and activities on campus; a decision has not yet been made regarding the opening of the public arts and museum spaces on campus. Please continue to check this page and follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) where we will post an opening date for the OI Museum as soon as it is available. 

The Oriental Institute Museum makes accessible to the public many of the highlights of our large collection of artifacts from the ancient Middle East (10,000 BC – AD 650), including objects from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syro-Anatolia, Israel, Iran, and Nubia. Many of the objects on display were excavated by University of Chicago archaeologists. To learn more about our collections, browse the Museums and Galleries and Collections sections of this website. You can also take a Virtual Tour of our galleries on this website. We have programs for children, seniors, and educators, as well as audio tours in English, Spanish and Chinese. Cafés and restaurants can be found a short distance from the Oriental Institute. For more information including accessibility and group tour arrangements, browse the menu tabs.

Directions & Parking

No matter where you are coming from, we have directions to the Oriental Institute and can explain parking in and around the University of Chicago.

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Admissions & Hours

Find out about our hours, admissions, and the rules for our galleries, including sketching and photography.

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The Museum Shop

The Suq, our museum shop, has a wide variety of books about the ancient world and gifts from today’s Middle East.

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