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 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.

We are currently undergoing a Gallery Enhancements Project at the Oriental Institute Museum. As a result, certain exhibitions will be temporarily closed and objects removed from display. At this time, some of the gallery labels and large-print photographs in the Deborah and Robert Aliber Persian Gallery are off display. Please continue to check this page for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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