The Oriental Institute education experience can last far beyond a visit with your students. We have many free resources that can supplement your field trip experience both before and after your visit, and help foster a deeper engagement in your students.

Field Trip Planning

Field Trip Planning & Exhibition Guide
Use this guide to learn more about The Oriental Institute Museum and plan a successful focused field trip.

Catherine J. Dueñas Bus Scholarship
Open to eligible schools.

Free Lesson Plans

Download free STEAM-based lesson plans written by classroom teachers in our Teacher Cohort Academy that integrate Oriental Institute's collections and research.
Communication and Innovative Technology in Ancient Mesopotamia
Cylinder Seals — "What Symbolizes You?"


Teaching the Middle East – A Resource for Educators
This resource was written by many of the best scholars in the field of Middle Eastern studies and created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and three University of Chicago units: The Oriental Institute, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the eCUIP Digital Library Project.

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History
Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History was developed in collaboration with a team of Chicago Public School teachers. They selected key artifacts from the Oriental Institute Museum’s Mesopotamian collection to create a Learning Collection for this project. These artifacts shed light on many aspects of the everyday lives of the people who lived long ago in the area now called Iraq.

Free Downloadable Activities

Explore our themed activity books, full of creative projects, scavenger hunts, and fun games for at home or in the classroom.



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Collections & Resources

Ancient Near East Timeline
Download a quick to use timeline of the Ancient Near East to use with students.

The Online Collection Search
Nearly 1,000,000 records are available for searching and sorting from the Research Archives catalog, Museum Collection database, and Photographic Archives collection. Over 50,000 multimedia images are available associated with these records.

Virtual Tour
Check out the Oriental Institute Museum’s 360° interactive virtual tour!

Just for fun

Prepare a Mummy for Burial 
Embalm your own mummy with this game.

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