School/Youth Group Museum Visits

Register now for in-person tours and programming! To book a tour or educational program:

 Register Here

You will receive an email confirmation when your tour/program has been booked. Requested dates and times are subject to availability. A credit card is required to reserve a date and will be charged a $50 registration fee. Your remaining balance will not be charged until after the day of your visit.  

If you are a CPS or a school that cannot pay with a credit card, please email oi-volunteers@uchicago.edu. A staff member will be more than happy to create a reservation for you and your class with whatever payment method is the most convenient. 


Self-Guided Visit

Groups are welcome to lead themselves through the museum. Registration is only required for groups of 10 or more. You can prepare yourself and your group for a visit to the OI Museum with our Educator Guides & Resources. You can also download the OI Mobile App, free for iOS devices and Android.  

10 to 60 participants; one chaperone is recommended for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per student (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 24-hour cancellation period. 


Guided Visit

Take a one-hour tour of the OI Museum guided by a docent, that focuses on highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

Recommended for 4th grade and up.

10 to 60 participants; one chaperone is recommended for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

Cost: $7 per student and $12 per adult (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 48-hour cancellation period.

The Guided Tour program is one hour total and available Tuesdays through Fridays at 10 am or 1pm.


Guided Tour and Film

OI docents lead your group on a one-hour tour, focusing on highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. After the tour, your group will watch a one-hour film.

Film option:

  • Breaking Ground: Recommended for high school. The founding of the Oriental Institute and its archaeological discoveries. (57 minutes) 

Recommended for 4th grade and up.

10 to 120 participants; one chaperone is recommended for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

Cost: $7 per student and $12 per adult (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 48-hour cancellation period.

The Guided Tour & Film program is two hours total and available Tuesday through Friday.


Ancient Innovators & Tour 

Explore the concept of innovation through replicas of artifacts. In this one-hour object-based program, students work in teams to investigate how people in ancient Mesopotamian and Egypt solved problems in everyday life. This activity is followed by a one-hour docent-led tour of the museum, that focuses on the highlights of collection to further their cross-disciplinary inquiry.  

Ancient Innovators program aligns with STEAM, Common Core, and NGSS. 

Recommended for 5th–12th grade.

10 to 100 participants; one chaperone is recommended for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

Cost: $10 per student and $10 per adult (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 48-hour cancellation period.

The Ancient Innovators & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesdays through Fridays.


Artifact Analysis & Tour 

Students engage their deductive reasoning skills in a one-hour workshop, examining artifacts to draw conclusions about the people who created and used them while gaining insight into the science and philosophy behind archaeology. This program also includes a one-hour tour of the OI Museum that focuses on highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

Recommended for 5th–12th grades.

10 to 100 participants; one chaperone is recommended for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

Cost: $10 per student and $10 per adult (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 48-hour cancellation period.

Artifact Analysis & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesdays through Fridays.


Time Travelers & Tour 

Children enjoy an hour of learning about the ancient world through crafts, storytelling, and dressing up in costumes, crafts, and storytelling combined with an hour-long guided tour of the museum.

Recommended for K–3rd grade. 

10 to 30 participants; one chaperone is required for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18. 

Cost: $10 per student and $10 per adult (free for teachers and chaperones). There is a 48-hour cancellation period.

The Time Travelers & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesdays through Fridays.

 

Questions? Email oi-volunteers@uchicago.edu

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to waive the group-tour rates and/or cover the cost of a bus, email oi-volunteers@uchicago.edu