The Oriental Institute

oriental institute chicago

The Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute

The University of Chicago's archaeology and history museum often gets overshadowed by the Field, the Art Institute and other high-profile attractions in the Windy City. But its lack of crowds and world-class collection of artifacts documenting the history, languages and cultures of the ancient Middle East draw raves from both serious Egyptologists and tourists who have found their way to its ivy-covered location in Hyde Park. Highlights include the tallest statue of King Tut in existence, copies of the Book of the Dead and a jaw-dropping 40-ton statue of a human-headed winged bull that once stood in the palace of the Assyrians' King Sargon II.

Where: Chicago, Illinois
On the Web: oi.uchicago.edu/museum

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