Oriental Institute

Located on the picture-perfect University of Chicago campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the Oriental Institute is a wonderful, intimate museum, and makes for the perfect spot to introduce your kids to the joys of archeology. The intriguing collection includes a colossal 40-ton human-headed winged bull, a monumental statue of King Tutankhamun and a few fascinating mummies.

This fall, the Oriental Institute is inviting families to engage with the amazing collection via stroller tours, art workshops, simulated archaeological digs and more. Here are four family-focused activities to check out this fall at the Oriental Institute.


Junior Archeologists
Saturday, October 15
1-3 p.m.
Ages 5 to 12

Budding Indiana Jones' are welcome to dig for buried loot into the Oriental Institute's simulated excavation while also learning about the real science of archaeology. Afterwards, guests are invited to check out real treasures during an interactive guided tour of the galleries. $10 members; $14 non-members.




Mummies Night  *FREE
Saturday, October 29
5-8 p.m.
Ages 4 and up

Oriental Institute Mummies Night

Kids can mummify a simulated mummy, take a mummy tour, or hear a mummy-tale; peek into the future with a pyramid fortunteller, create an ancient-inspired goody bag to carry your halloween haul and pose for a photo at the Great Pyramids and with life-sized camel standees. 




LamaSeuss  *FREE
Tuesday, November 8
1:30-2 p.m.
Ages 0 to 8

Forget Dr. Suess and meet Lamassu, the Oriental Institute's 40-ton bull, a colossal sculpture that once guarded the entrance to the throne room of King Sargon II. Families are invited to hear a reading of a famous Dr. Seuss tale with Lamassu. Afterwards you'll learn to write like an ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Anatolian!




What's Up, King Tut?  *FREE 
Saturday, November 19
1-3 p.m.
Ages 5 to 12

Walk like an Egyptian on over to the Oriental Institute and meet King Tutankhamun, the 18th dynasty's official pharoah. Search for his artifacts in the gallery and decipher the hieroglyphs on his 17-foot-tall statue. You can drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. to take part in this program.



The Oriental Institute Museum is located at the University of Chicago, and is part of the collection of Chicago attractions known as Museum Campus South.

  • 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago Illinois 60637
  • Open Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Mondays 
  • Admission is FREE (suggested donation $10 adults/$5 for children under 12) 

Note registration is required for the above programs.