OI Museum Reopening
OI Building

OI Museum Currently Closed 

In light of the current stay-at-home advisory issued by the city of Chicago, the OI Museum unfortunately will close on Saturday, November 14, and will remain closed through January 2021. We are no longer accepting online ticketed reservations and must cancel any reservations that have already been placed for the coming weeks. We are thankful for your interest in visiting the Museum and for your ongoing support. Please watch our website (oi100.uchicago.edu/visit-museum) for further announcements regarding hours and reservations.


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. Cafés and restaurants can be found a short distance from the Oriental Institute. For more information including accessibility, 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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