Journey Back In Time At The Oriental Institute

If you’re looking for something interesting to do near Catalyst Apartments on a rainy Chicago day, head to the Oriental Institute. It opened to the public in 1931, and it focuses on the archaeology, culture, history, and languages of the ancient Middle East. According to UChicagoArts, the Oriental Museum is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of artifacts from Egypt, Israel, Nubia, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. Some of what you will see includes:

Special Exhibits

Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story – This unique exhibit features 48 pieces of art made by students, mostly from the Chicago area. According to the museum’s website, teachers helped the students make 2-dimensional art projects created in memory of the history that has been lost due to the looting and destruction of archaeological sites.


The Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D. Syro-Anatolian Gallery – This gallery contains material from ancient Turkey. Highlights include rare monumental statuary and examples of Hieroglyphic Luwian script. Also part of the gallery are artifacts from Amuq Valley such as jewelry, pottery, and seals.

The Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery – As you explore this incredible gallery, you will see more than 1,000 objects that date between the Paleolithic Period and the Islamic Conquest. The display includes jewelry, sculptures, and objects used in everyday life.

The Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery – The Persian Gallery showcases objects from the Susiana Period to the Islamic Period. They show how cultures developed throughout the years, and include Persian gold jewelry, painted pottery, and coins.

If you would like to call Catalyst Apartments home, please contact us. We’re only seventeen minutes from this fascinating museum and so much more.

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