All groups of 10 or more people must register.

Submit your request for a visit to begin the process of booking your tour. You will receive an email confirmation within 5 business days when your visit has been booked. Requests for Guided tours must be received 30 days in advance. A 30-day advance notice is recommended but not required for a self-guided visit. Requested dates and times are subject to availability.

The maximum number of people permitted in a group in our galleries is 60 at a time, and no more than 12 people at a time are permitted in the special exhibitions gallery. Self-Guided Tours for groups of more than 60 people are not possible.

Register for University of Chicago Students Group Visit

Guided Tour (1 hour)

Take a one-hour tour through the Oriental Institute Museum with docents, who will lead your group, focusing on some of the highlights of the collection, which showcase the history, art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East.

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

Cost: Free for University of Chicago students.

Guided Tour program is 1 hour total and available Tuesdays through Saturday at 10 am or 1pm, and Sundays at 1 pm. 

Self-Guided Tour

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 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 people under the age of 18.

Cost: Free for University of Chicago students.

Special Tour

The Oriental Institute is pleased to offer special tours for University of Chicago students. Special tour requests can focus on a requested topic or object(s), or be led by a requested individual at the Oriental Institute.

Please make any special tour requests a minimum of 60 days in advance so we can investigate the feasibility of your request and make any necessary arrangements. While we will try to accommodate your request, it is possible that the special tour you want may not be available or may not be available on that particular day.

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

Cost: Free for University of Chicago students.

Questions? Email oi-volunteers@uchicago.edu