Host an Event at the Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute, a research division of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the study of the languages, history, culture, and archaeology of the ancient Middle East. The museum collection consists of the most comprehensive collections of artifacts from Egypt, Nubia, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Israel, and Palestine. Highlights include a colossal statue of King Tut, the recreation of Khorsabad court, mummies, and objects of everyday life. 

The OI and its museum’s building was constructed in 1930-31 with funding firm John D. Rockfeller Jr. Designed by Oscar Harold Murray of the architectural firm Mayers, Murray & Phillip, it had to match the surrounding Gothic style of the University of Chicago campus. The exterior and interior architectural details were selected by the Institute’s founder James Henry Breasted to represent motifs from the ancient Middle East.  

We welcome the opportunity to advance public recognition and awareness of the ancient Near East, and in particular, the OI’s programs and collections by opening part of our facilities for special events. If you or your organization are interested in hosting an event in our building, please fill out this form and the Institute staff will contact you regarding the request.