Explore the ancient world from home with the OI’s online resources and activities. Dive into our collections online, lose yourself in a lecture about an ancient civilization, or connect with the past through hands-on activities.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Each week that the museum is closed, we will offer a new, themed exploration on social media. Every Monday we will announce the theme and follow it up with posts through Friday.

Image: A family learns how to write their names in hieroglyphs.

At-Home Activities

Take a scavenger hunt through our virtual collections, relax with a coloring page, learn with a lecture, or try out ancient-themed crafts and activities.

At-Home Activities
Ray Johnson OI Members Lecture June 3

Online Events and Programs

Take a live Zoom class, explore a YouTube Members' Lecture, chat with a grad student on Facebook Live. Explore these and all of our at-home events and programs!

OI Online Programs and Events
Image: Sumerian Worshipper Figurines from the Oriental Institute collections.

Explore the Collections

View our museum collections, browse resources from the Research Archives, and explore the Museum Archives.

Search Our Collections
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Download Our App

Explore the OI from the comfort of your home with interactive maps and self-guided tours.

The OI App
Image: A7369, Lamassu from the Oriental Institute collections

Explore the Exhibits

See online exhibits and collections from the OI on Google Arts & Culture and take a virtual tour of the museum.

OI Museum on Google Arts & Culture
Image: Reading room of the Oriental Institute Research Archives

Digital Publications

Browse over seven hundred titles by series or topic for free online.

Catalog of Publications
Image: Photograph in the morning of the Oriental Institute's Tell Keisan site


Watch OI lectures, see archival footage, and hear from OI experts on our YouTube channel.

OI on YouTube
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Educator Resources

Bring the OI to your students through our online resources and activities.

For Educators
Image: Oriental Institute archaeologists work on an archaeological site to excavate a pot.

Join and Give

Become involved with the OI and help support the OI's cutting-edge scholarship related to the rise of the first urban centers, languages, and civilizations of the ancient Middle East.

Join and Give