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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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 the 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 through September 3, 2017, "Persepolis: Images of an Empire" presents large-format photographs of the ruins of one of the greatest dynastic centers of antiquity, built at the height of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC). Taken during the Oriental Institute's Persian Expedition (1931-1939), the photographs capture the magnitude and grandeur of Persepolis, one of the most important archaeological sites in modern-day Iran.

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Roadbirds 7 days ago
"Amazing and a stone's throw from the Robbie House - make the effort and go"
This is a truly amazing collection of artefacts from the cradle of civilization. Many of the artefacts were collected from area of current conflict which is terribly sad. The range of artefact spans tiny pieces of jewelry to monumental stone carvings. We rushed through this museum in 2 ho... Read More
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Jason W October 18, 2016
"Incredible Chicago museum that's often overlooked"
When my wife and I went to Chicago for a conference, I knew I wanted us to hit the major sites. We saw the Art Institute, Field Museum, and the Oriental Institute Museum all in 2 days. We go back and forth on which is our favorite, if we can even choose. This one may be more geared towards... Read More
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Orgiva9 October 17, 2016
"Fascinating Visit to the Oriental Institute"
Spent a very interesting afternoon at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago: learned more about ancient civilizations, saw artifacts of Babylon, Persepolis, and Egypt. Very accessible, with knowledgeable docents; fascinating view of ancient cultures; also the Institute has a ... Read More
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