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 Family 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.

Ray Johnson OI Members Lecture June 3

Live Online Events and Programs

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

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

The OI on YouTube

Explore the OI YouTube for current and archived lectures, workshops, podcasts, and family activities featuring experts from the OI and around the world. Click subscribe and like!

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.

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Download Our App

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

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.

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Digital Publications

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

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Educator Resources

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

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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.