The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has supported archaeological excavation and research in the Middle East since 1919. The Institute’s museum is a showcase for its world-renowned collection of art and artifacts from the ancient Middle East—today’s Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Sudan, Syria and Turkey.
Epic Wednesday: B.C. – "Before Chocolate"
Want to make your mid-week Epic? Indulge yourself in a little sweetness and celebrate Valentine’s Day early with cheese, wine, and fun activities at this exclusive 21-and-over event. Enjoy an alternative opportunity to experience the Museum with unique entertainment and engaging hands-on activities that connect visitors with the collections and research of the Oriental Institute.
Make a secret hieroglyphic message, take a love-themed tour of the Museum, strike a pose with ancient-inspired costumes and props, toast your friends or loved one and enjoy our special collection of sweets. Also catch the special exhibit Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins before it closes!
Special Meetup group advance discount $10! https://www.wepay.com/events/before-chocolate-party
At the door (cash only): $20
We will meet in the lobby at 5p-5:30p to meet & greet and distribute tix. Robin T will have a nametag and Meetup sign. [masked]
The Oriental Institute has a global collection of artifacts documenting history, languages, and cultures of the entire ancient Middle East. The Institute was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the first American Egyptologist.
The museum covers history of Mesopotamia, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Persia, and Nubia; the near east, not the far east. The Oriental Institute was sponsored by the University of Chicago in the early 1900s to do archeological studies in these areas, so it's not our current common usage of the word "oriental". When those first digs were conducted, it was much easier to remove artifacts from the country they were discovered in, so now they're here in Chicago and easy to see.
It's amazing to see so many ancient artifacts up close! And the descriptions and explanations are very well done.
Lamassu Statue from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute