Tour Programs at a Glance

The Oriental Institute Museum is temporarily closed and tours and group visits are unavailable. 

The health and safety of our community is of great concern to the University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute, particularly in light of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The OI has been working with the University, and we are carefully monitoring information and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health. We are also taking appropriate measures to maintain a safe environment here at the OI. To this end, the OI Museum closed temporarily starting March 17th; we continue to assess the situation. Please understand that this decision was made in the best interests of community health and safety and please check this website for any updates or changes. For additional information from the University on the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit this website:

We are working to develop virtual tour offerings for fall 2020; please check back on this page for the latest information about our offerings. In the meantime, visit our Join Us Online page for at-home activities and virtual events and programs. 

Please read the descriptions below to learn about the tours and programs the Oriental Institute offers for various types of groups. University of Chicago student groups are eligible for free tours and visits. 

Program Cost per Student Cost per Senior Cost per Adult # of Participants Suggested Grade Duration
Guided Tour $5 $7 $10 10-60 4th+ 1 hour
Self-Guided Tour $5 $7 $10 10-60 N/A 1 hour
Guided Tour + Film $5 $10 $13 10-120 4th+ 2 hours
Time Travelers $10 N/A  N/A 10-20 K-3rd 2 hours
Junior Archaeologist $10 N/A N/A 10-44 4th-8th 2 hours
Artifact Analysis $10 N/A N/A 10-60 5th-12th 2 hours
Ancient Innovators $10 N/A N/A 10-100 5th-12th 2 hours