1. How can I book a tour? How early should I do it? How long before I get confirmation?

Visit our website to select your tour program and then submit your request by completing the Tour Reservation Form. We require 30 days advance notice to schedule a visit, subject to availability. Confirmation of a scheduled tour is sent within 5 business days of tour request receipt.

2. How many people can come for a tour?

You can bring up to 120 people at a time for a tour.  See Tour Programs at a Glance for capacities of each program.

3. Where should I park?

For buses: After unloading passengers on University Avenue at 58th Street, continue north on University Avenue and turn right on 57th Street. Continue east on 57th Street (you’ll passunder the Metra viaduct – height limit 11'8'') to Cornell Avenue and then turn right. Take Cornell to Hayes Drive and 63rd Street and turn left. Parking is permitted on the street.

For cars:  A public parking garage (payment required) is located a few blocks from the Oriental Institute at 5501 S. Ellis Avenue.  A private parking lot just south of the Oriental Institute on University Avenue is open to the public after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

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4. I have never been to the Oriental Institute, and I would like to orient myself before our field trip. How can I get the information about your galleries?

You are welcome to visit the Museum before the field trip. Admission is always FREE! You can also download the Oriental Institute’s Gallery Guide or visit our Virtual Museum.

5. How many chaperones should I bring with the group? Is there any charge for them? What else should the chaperones know prior to our field trip?

One chaperone is required for every ten students under the age of 18. Chaperones are expected to stay with their group at all times.  The group must stay together throughout the tour, when taking a restroom break, or when shopping in the Suq gift shop. There is no charge for chaperones.

We suggest that chaperones familiarize themselves with the Museum using University of Chicago campus map and the Oriental Institute Museum Floor Map. Students understand the Museum better when chaperones themselves are well prepared.

6. If I need to cancel my tour reservation, is there a cancelation fee?

Notice of cancellation is required 48 hours prior to a scheduled tour to avoid being charged. “No-shows” are charged $100. Exceptions are made for weather-related driving conditions.

7. What are the rules in visiting the Museum?

Eating, drinking, and chewing gum is not permitted in the auditorium or galleries. No leaning or writing on the cases in the Museum. Please use pencil only. Photography is allowed with no flash, except in the Marshall and Doris Holleb Family Gallery for Special Exhibits. Backpacks are not allowed in the Museum. Backpacks should be left on the bus or can be left at the front desk. The Oriental Institute has a coat rack. A few lockers are available for use by our visitors, and are located on the west side of the building near our ramp entrance. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and other items should be checked at the front desk. The Oriental Institute Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

8. Does the Oriental Institute Museum have a lunchroom facility?  

No, the Oriental Institute does not have a lunchroom or a facility where students are permitted to eat. We recommend students eat their lunch on the bus, as visitors are not permitted to eat in the Oriental Institute building. You may also contact UChicago Dining at dining@uchicago.edu to see if arrangements can be made for your group elsewhere on campus. Please note that groups are expressly prohibited from using a campus dining hall without permission from UChicago Dining.