A Virtual Tour of the Oriental Institute Museum

Human-Headed Winged Bull - Lamassu

Image: Human-Headed Winged Bull (Lamassu)

Credit:  The Oriental Institute


Most people will never have an opportunity to visit the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago.

The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago is an amazing place to visit. When I moved to Chicago in 1988, the museum was the first place I visited. Since then, I have been there several times and I still enjoy my visits.

Recently, the Oriental Institute Museum opened its 360° interactive virtual tour. This is an opportunity for people to visit the Oriental Institute Museum even when they do not live in Chicago.

Below is a description of the work of the Oriental Institute Museum and the interactive virtual tour:

The Oriental Institute Museum is a showcase of the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. An integral part of the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, the Museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.

This tour provides viewers a chance to preview our galleries and includes a number of archival images of highlighted objects from our collections. We hope you can use our tour to assist in planning your future visits or to experience the museum galleries from afar.

I encourage you to take an interactive virtual tour of the Oriental Institute Museum. I am sure you will enjoy the riches the Museum has to offer.

To take the interactive virtual tour click here.

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2 Responses to A Virtual Tour of the Oriental Institute Museum

  1. Stephanie Franco says:

    I’m glad to finally get a chance to view the museum that you spoke about in class so often. You’re right, it is neat and I can definitely see how it not only relates to the Old Testament but enhances our knowledge of that era. I’m going to pass this on to my pastor who has recently started teaching a Hebrew class at my church. Thanks Dr. Mariottini for posting this.


    • Stephanie,

      I am glad you enjoyed the tour of the museum. Now you must visit it in person. I hope you pastor enjoys this post. My pastor preached a series of sermons based on his visit to the Oriental Institute Museum.

      Claude Mariottini


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