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Chicago, Illinois

Oriental Institute Museum Tour

Spend the morning in the Ancient World.

Join us for a private guided tour with Museum Curator Dr. Kiersten Neumann, as she guides us through the halls of the Oriental Institute showing highlights from the extensive collection of history, art and archaeology from the Ancient Near East. 

The Oriental Institute, part of the University of Chicago, is a world-renowned center for research focused on the study of the ancient Middle East, as well as the famed home of the (fictional) Indiana Jones. The museum houses a major collection of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Nubia, Syria, and Turkey, mainly dating from between 10,000 BC and 650 AD. Devoted to the serious research of Middle Eastern artifacts, the collection is one of the few places to view a university’s acquisitions from archaeological digs, as most universities keep theirs closed to the public.


  • Ticket includes museum entrance.
  • Meet your Field Agent at the main doors of the Oriental Institute off streetscape on 58th.
  • You must be 13 to attend; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This event is ADA accessible.
  • Parking is located on the street and the Lexington Parking Lot (5835 South University Avenue), half a block south of the Museum that is free and open to the public on weekends.
  • Photography is allowed but no tripods or flash in some exhibits.
  • The ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer your purchase by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


Email amy.weber@atlasobscura.com.

About Field Agent Amy Weber

This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Amy Weber, a dedicated national and international traveler. Amy enjoys the challenge of getting on a plane and letting life just happen. With over 15 solo tours under her belt, she knows the joys of exploration and finding that something extra that makes the experience spectacular. Being grown up means she now is limited to only two weeks of vacation, so exploration around her backyards is her jam.

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