Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago | ART SMART
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Oriental Institute of Chicago Art Tour

A privately guided tour through Chicago’s Oriental Institute, located at the University of Chicago.

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Personalized Private Tour of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago

The Oriental Institute in Chicago is the perfect museum for those passionate, or interested in learning more, about art and architecture of the ancient Near East. Whether you want to focus your tour on a specific area of interest or prefer to let us select the tour route, your ART SMART guide can adapt and customize to give you the best experience possible. As with all of our tours, you will be led by a trained art historian, not a scripted actor or docent.

What to Expect on Your
Oriental Institute of Chicago Art Tour

After you complete the booking process you will receive a confirmation email with details regarding the meeting location for the tour. Based on the information you provide us with, we will design a tour that is most suited to your passions and preferences. The tour will be private, conversational and focused on you. Along the way you may encounter:

  • Pottery, metalwork, and monumental sculpture from ancient Persian empires
  • A massive statue of King Tut and other Egyptian artifacts
  • Carved artifacts dating back to the biblical civilizations of the Canaanites and Israelites
  • Giant relief sculptures of the Assyrian empire
  • Art and artifacts from North America’s most complete Mesopotamian collection


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Pricing Questions

Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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