Enjoy a facilitated field trip program with the OI Museum! Students will learn about the ancient world while participating in an interactive activity guided by a University of Chicago student facilitator.

Submit your request for a program to begin the process of booking your in-person field trip. You will receive an email confirmation within 5 business days when your program has been booked. Registration with two weeks’ advance notice required. Requested dates and times are subject to availability. 

Register now for in-person tours and programming, which will resume on April 5th.

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Guided Tour (1 hour)

Take a one-hour tour through the Oriental Institute Museum guided by a docent, focusing on some of the highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

Recommended for 4th grade and up.

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

Self-Guided Visit

Groups are welcome to lead themselves through the museum. You can prepare yourself and your group for a visit to the Oriental Institute Museum by checking our Educator Guides & Resources. You also may rent a $5 audio tour (free for Oriental Institute Members!) of the Museum Galleries or download the Oriental Institute app, free for iOS devices and Android.

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

Guided Tour & Film (2 hours)

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

Film options include:

  • Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt: Recommended for 3rd-7th grade. Archaeologist Arizona Smith talks about these two civilizations through archaeological findings. (23 min each film; films shown back-to-back)
  • 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 required for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18.

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

Ancient Innovators & Tour (2 hours)

Explore the concept of innovation through replicas of ancient artifacts. In this object-based program, students work in teams to investigate how Mesopotamians and Egyptians solved problems in everyday life and participate in a one-hour docent-led tour in the museum, focusing 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 grades.

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

The Ancient Innovators & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesday through Friday at 10am or 1pm.

Artifact Analysis & Tour (2 hours)

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 gallery tour focusing on some of the highlights of collection which showcase the history, art, and archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

Recommended for 5th-12th grades.

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

Artifact Analysis & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesday through Friday at 10am or 1pm.

Time Travelers & Tour (2 hours)

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

Recommended for K-3rd grades. Multi-Age Groups (including Homeschool, Montessori) may request simultaneous Junior Archaeologists and Time Traveler programs.

10 to 20 participants; one chaperone is required for every group of 10 participants under the age of 18. 

The Time Travelers & Tour Program is two hours total and available Tuesday through Friday at 10am or 1pm.