Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street

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Both a pioneering interdisciplinary research center for the study of the ancient Middle East and a world-renowned museum, the Oriental Institute (OI) at the University of Chicago aims to understand, reveal, and protect the earliest civilizations. The OI Museum houses some 350,000 artifacts—around 5,000 of which are on display—excavated mainly by OI archaeologists. Founded in 1919, at a time when the Middle East was called the Orient, the OI has pioneered innovative excavations and comprehensive dictionary projects that chronicle ancient civilizations. 

The OI will also be kicking off programming in celebration of its centennial year with a free public event on Saturday, September 28, from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. at the OI Museum (1155 E. 58th Street). OI faculty, curators, and other specialists will be in the galleries to talk with visitors about artifacts and displays related to the origins of writing and early writing systems of Mesopotamia and Anatolia, monumental architecture from the great palaces and audience halls of ancient Assyria and Persia, texts and magic in ancient Egypt, and the OI’s century of excavations and research projects.

Saturday, September 28

1:30-2:30pm Andy Oberhausen’s Breadwinners

3:30-4:30pm Shanta Nurullah Trio


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