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The Oriental Institute Museum is the museum and artifact branch of the University of Chicago. The museum also serves as the research center for ancient Near Eastern studies and was established in 1919 by James Henry Breasted who built the collection of the Haskell Oriental Museum.

The museum has gained fame and prominence not only in Chicago but through North America because it showcases the rich history and culture of the ancient Middle East. The museum also plays host to a number of permanent and rotating exhibits featuring countries such as Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia and ancient Meggido.

The museum contains a lot of different types of artifacts from different eras and different subjects such as artifacts related to royalty, farming to even mummies. Other types of artifacts that can be seen in the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago include Relief from the Tomb of Mentuemhat, Funerary Stela, the Kernos Ring and the Beaker with Geometric Designs and birds which was excavated in Iron during 1931 and 1932. Aside from this there are also items that were excavated and later displayed in the museum that shows just how life was like during those times including bull statues which was adorned in copper as well as a relief of the Egyptian striding lion.

The Oriental Institute Museum is not only a museum but also an institute that teaches young archeologists how to properly conserve and protect these ancient artifacts. Within the museum lies laboratories that help in conserving excavated items. The Oriental Institute?s conservation laboratory has been funded in the past by the Getty Grant Program as well as the Luther I. Relogle Foundation which is still accepting post graduate students wishing to learn how to take care of these historical relics.

The Oriental Institute Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays with an admission rate of $7 for adults and $4 for children.
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