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The Oriental Institute Museum

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Photograph: Courtesy of Anna R Ressman Danh Vo, We the People, 2011 at the Oriental Institute Museum.

This University of Chicago–run archaeological treasure trove is on par with Indiana Jones’s fantastical findings. Going as far back as 6,000 years, artifacts include a fragment of what’s believed to be the world’s oldest rug, an ancient saddle and various ceramic items such as jugs, bowls and incense burners. Also on display are objects from ancient Assyria, Anatolia, Israel, Egypt, Persia and in the Mesopotamian gallery, a stunning, hard-to-miss 40-ton human-headed winged bull sculpture from Khorsabad. Though these exhibitions are permanent, a portion of the space hosts revolving archaeology-related displays.


Venue name: The Oriental Institute Museum
Address: 1155 E 58th St

Cross street: at University Ave
Opening hours: Tue, Thu–Sat 10am–6pm; Wed 10am–8:30pm; Sun noon–6pm
Transport: Bus: 55, 171.
Price: Suggested donation $7, kids under 12 $4
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This museum is apart of the University of Chicago and it is quite expansive! Was anticipating a smaller fare with minor details and artifacts, but it offered a large array of all of the above with larger-than-life sculptures and monuments. This was definitely an eyeopener and the admission is based on donations so you're not stuck trying to decide between some of the more expensive options or withering through some of the smaller ones.