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One-Year Family or Individual Membership to The Oriental Institute (Up to 53% Off)

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Exhibit-opening invitations, free audio tours, research-library privileges, and program discounts at a museum of Middle East archaeology

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Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. New members only. Must provide name and shipping address at checkout. Must purchase each Groupon separately. If buying as a gift, enter recipient's name and shipping address. May not be used to renew current memberships. Allow four weeks for delivery of membership materials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for a one-year family museum membership, with two membership cards and access for up to four people (up to a $75 value)
  • $25 for a one-year individual museum membership, with one membership card and access for two people (up to a $50 value)

Members receive benefits such as invitations to exhibit openings, library privileges in the research archives, free audio tours, up to 20% off education and family programs, a 10% gift-shop discount and twice-yearly annual discounts. All museum visitors receive free admission, with a suggested donation.

The Oriental Institute

From a 17-foot-tall statue of King Tutankhamun to a 40-ton sculpture of a human-headed winged bull that once stood in the palace of an Assyrian king, The Oriental Institute Museum houses the many-splendored wonders of ancient Middle East. The treasures–which also include jewelry, mummies, and some of the earliest written documents in the world–represent the life's work of the University of Chicago's archaeologists, the real-life Indiana Joneses who bring the past to life through their excavations and research. Guided tours help visitors explore the galleries, and special programs introduce students to hands-on archaeological experiences such as simulated digs and artifact analysis.

Exhibits spanning the history of 5,000 years fill galleries such as the Mesopotamian Gallery, where more than 1,000 objects lurk beneath the glass of custom-designed walnut cases. Graphic displays describe pottery, clay tablets, and metal jewelry from one of the world's first urban civilizations, all of which surround centerpieces such as the Code of Hammurabi. The museum's East Wing Galleries explore cultures of ancient Assyria, Anatolia, and Israel through artifacts such as a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, carved reliefs from an Assyrian palace, and Bronze Age tools, weapons, and figurines. In the Egyptian Gallery, limestone-lined cabinets house 800 objects such as carvings, canopic jars, a child mummy, and the bust of King Neferhotep.

In addition to tending to the permanent collection, the staff also assembles special events such as archaeology workshops, lectures, and screenings of films set in the ancient Middle East that let visitors delve deeper into the past. The museum also hosts enthralling temporary exhibits; on now though January 4, 2015, "In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East" shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.


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100% of 15 customers recommend

  • “they offer special programs like technical drawing, ancient beer tasting, and hands-on projects for kids: membership gets you discounts on all of them ”

  • “Take your time.”

  • “This is a Chicago Gem, a little out of the way, but worth the trip, especially if you like Egyptian or Middle Eastern history and art.”

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    University of Chicago

    1155 E 58th St.

    Chicago, IL 60637

    +17737029514

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