All groups of 10 or more people must register.

Submit your request for a tour to begin the process of booking your visit. You will receive an email confirmation within 5 business days when your visit has been booked. Requests for Guided Tours and Guided Tour & Film Program must be received 30 days in advance. A 30-day advance notice is recommended but not required for a self-guided visit. Requested dates and times are subject to availability. Arrangements for alternative methods of payment can be made once your visit has been confirmed via the instructions provided in your confirmation email.

The maximum number of people permitted in a group in our galleries is 60 at a time, and no more than 12 people at a time are permitted in the special exhibitions gallery. If your group is more than 60 people, please consider requesting a Guided Tour & Film. Self-Guided Tours for groups of more than 60 people are not possible.

Register for a Guided Tour/Program/Self-Guided Visit

Guided Tour (1 hour)

Take a one-hour tour through the Oriental Institute Museum with docents, focusing on some of the highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

10 to 60 participants.

Cost: free for children under 5 years old; $5 per child of school age; $10 per adult; $7 per senior (age 65+). There is a 48-hour cancellation period. 

The Guided Tour Program is available Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 am or 1pm, and Sundays at 1 pm.

Self-Guided Tour

Groups are welcome to lead themselves through the museum. You can prepare yourself and your group for a visit to the Oriental Institute Museum by checking our Educator Guides & Resources. You also may rent a $5 audio tour (free for the Oriental Institute Members!) of the museum galleries or download the Oriental Institute app, free for iOS devices and Android.

10 to 60 participants.

Cost: free for children under 5 years old; $5 per child of school age; $10 per adult; $7 per senior. There is a 24-hours cancellation period. Please allow us up to 10 business days to complete your refund. 

Non-profit groups who wish to come to The Oriental Institute Museum may provide a letter confirming their status in order to secure lower rates. A credit card is required to reserve a date, but will not be charged until the date of the visit, if a charge is required. 

Guided Tour & Film (2 hours)

Oriental Institute docents lead your group on a one-hour tour, focusing on some of the highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. After the tour, you will also watch a one-hour film Breaking Ground about the founding of the Oriental Institute and its archaeological discoveries.

10 to 120 participants.

Cost: free for children under 5 years old; $5 per child of school age; $10 per adult; $7per senior (age 65+). There is a 48-hour cancellation period. 

The Guided Tour & Film program are available Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 am or 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Questions? Email oi-volunteers@uchicago.edu