ISAC Museum

Visit the Museum

A different kind of museum-going experience

  • Museum Hours:
    • Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday–Sunday, 10:00am–4:00pm
    • Friday, 10:00am–8:00pm
    • Closures: The Museum will be open 2:00–4:00pm on June 1, 2024.
  • Individuals
    • No reservation required. 
    • Suggested Admission Fee (payable at entry): Adults $10, Children (12 & under) $5.
  • Adult & Family Group Visits:
  • School & Youth Group Visits:
  • Members: Admission is always free for Members and the UChicago community (students, faculty, and staff with UChicago ID) and their guests; if you're not yet a member, become one today.

Mesopotamian temple statues and gifts in the Mesopotamian Gallery

The world-renowned ISAC Museum aims to understand, reveal, and protect the past.

Right at 58th and University is one of the world’s greatest centers for understanding the story of our lives as humans together; envisioned as a “laboratory for the study of the rise and development of civilization,” ISAC is the University of Chicago’s—and one of the world’s—very first interdisciplinary institutes. The ISAC Museum houses some 350,000 artifacts, excavated mainly by ISAC archaeologists, and includes a comprehensive archive that documents our fieldwork and other research. Together, the ISAC Museum collections comprise one of the best resources in the world for the archaeology, art, history, and languages of West Asia and North Africa, allowing us to understand, reveal, and protect the past.

The ISAC Museum displays objects recovered by ISAC excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the Levant, as well as rotating special exhibitions. As you explore these galleries, you’ll discover how people thousands of years ago forged a collective identity—confronting, as we do today, issues of autonomy, diversity, and unity. We start here. Whether you’re a current, aspiring, or amateur archeologist, artist, humanist, scientist, historian, philosopher, or linguist, we invite you to visit and learn about the beginnings of our lives as humans, together.



approximate number of artifacts in the collection, primarily excavated by ISAC archaeologists


approximate number of artifacts on display

Colossal statue of king Tutankhamun

ISAC Museum Special Exhibitions

Pioneers of the Sky: Aerial Archaeology and the Black Desert (Opening April 25, 2024)

Contemporary Art Installations (ongoing)

ISAC Museum Shop Hours

Wednesday, Saturday–Sunday, 10:00am–4:00pm
Closures: The Shop will be closed Saturday, May 11, 2024.

Visit the Museum Shop online.

Support ISAC!

Your donation helps keep the galleries open and free to the general public. Make a gift today! To support ISAC scholarship and fieldwork year round, become a member.

Photography Policy

Photography is permitted in the museum galleries. Use of tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or additional lighting units, however, is not permitted. To request publication-quality image files from our Digital Archives (including object, exhibition, and archival photographs and illustrations) and to obtain permission for publication, visit Photo Requests and Permissions.

Sketching Policy

Visitors and groups may only use pencil and must have a notebook or clipboard to use. Leaning on cases is not permitted.

Items Not Permitted in the Galleries

Food or drinks, backpacks, umbrellas, parcels or bags larger than 11”x13”, and e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Also, please refrain from talking on any cellular devices while inside the galleries.


For information on parking around campus, please visit the University of Chicago Visitor Parking webpage


Please visit our Accessibility webpage.