Have you ever been to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago? I hadn’t until I photographed an event there for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The museum was absolutely awesome! I mean it. I’m not a huge fan of ancient Egyptian artifacts, but this was cool.
After I got done photographing the event, I walked around the museum on my own to explore some of the exhibits and to soak in the architecture. While I was there, the special exhibit was Persepolis: Images of an Empire. The exhibit featured old black-and-white photographs from various expeditions.
The King Tut statue is huge, as the name implies. It was also reconstructed. The tympanum above the entrance, titled “The East Teaching the West,” was sculpted by Ulric Henry Ellerhusen from the vision of James Henry Breasted.
See? This place is cool! And these photos here are only a fraction of the work on display at the museum. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s located on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Check out their website if you want to know more.
And if you’re interested in the modern day aspect of archeology, I recommend checking out their page about Threatened Heritage. With the political instability happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa, a lot of archaeological sites (including museums) are under threat. The OI provides a lot of information and resources to learn more and to help out if you’re interested.