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Obscura Society IL Presents Egypt Mania: A Festivity for the Pharoahs

Join us after hours at the real life Indiana Jones museum among cursed tombs and demon statues to party like its 1999 BC

“That belongs in a museum.” “So do you.”

The Illinois Obscura Society invites you to don your best archeologist attire and join us at the Oriental Institute, the real life “Indiana Jones Museum", on Friday, July 31 for an Egyptian archeology-inspired gala. Celebrate the mysteries of ancient Egypt with an open bar of Prohibition era cocktails and a live jazz band amid rumors of ancient Egyptian curses, all within the magnificent galleries of the Oriental Institute. X marks the spot!

Established in 1919 near the height of the craze for everything Egyptian, just a few years before King Tut's tomb was discovered, the Oriental Institute is dedicated to studying the antiquities and early civilizations of the ancient Middle East. The collections and archeologists of the Institute were largely the inspiration for Indiana Jones, and in 2012 the museum received a mysterious package filled with maps, photos, and a journal written by a fictional UChicago professor who trained Jones, which is still on display in the museum! Their studies continue today both in the field and at home, where an awe-inspiring array of treasures collected over nearly a century of expeditions and archeological excavations are kept on display.

Chicago's own acclaimed gypsy-jazz band, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan and an open bar of Prohibition era cocktails featuring Letherbee Gin will set the mood for our revelries as we indulge in this rare opportunity to explore the galleries after hours. View artifacts from Egypt, Nineveh, Assyria, the Byzantine Empire, and a panoply of other ancient civilizations while our featured guest Emily Teeter, a renowned Egyptologist, will regale us with tales of the early 20th- century mummy craze.

Indulge your curiosity and explore the astounding collections of the Oriental Institute as we delve into the mysteries of the ancient Middle East, Indian Jones style.

“I'm like a bad penny, I always turn up.” - Indiana Jones


  $55 SOLD OUT!
  Waiting list is now full. If you're already on it, you'll be notified if a ticket becomes available.

  Friday,  July 31, 2015
  Doors open at 7:00, bar closes at 10:00
  Ages 21+
  Open bar

Oriental Institute at University of Chicago
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9520

Parking is limited. Public transit via Metra and CTA buses is available.

Questions? jeff@atlasobscura.com