“When is the Mummies-Themed Family Costume Party at The Oriental Institute?” by S.M. O’Connor

To help celebrate the Centennial Year (100th anniversary of the foundation of) The Oriental Institute “Mummies Night: 100 Years of Mummies!” will be on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This will be the 20th annual family Halloween party.  Costumes are encouraged.

Children are free.   The suggested donation for adults is $5 per adult.  Click here to reserve tickets online via Eventbrite.

This event is recommended for children ages four-and-up.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Activities will including mummifying a simulated mummy, taking a Mummy Tour, hear a mummy tale, making mummy crafts, competing in a Mummy Wrap Race, and getting a family photo.  This is an opportunity to learn how to play the ancient Egyptian game of Senet.

Mummy Simulations will occur every half-hour throughout “Mummies Night: 100 Years of Mummies!”  Tickets cost $3 per child, but the simulation is free for the accompanying adult.  Tickets can be purchased on-site during the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mummy Tours will also take place every half-hour.  Tickets are free, but space is limited.  Reserve tickets ahead of time via Eventbrite by clicking here.  A small number of tickets will be available on-site.

Scouts (and other interested youths) can get their Oriental Institute mummy fun patch for attending “Mummies Night: 100 Years of Mummies!”  The patches will be available on-site.

Artifacts that always attract visitors include a seventeen-foot-tall statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (better known as King Tut) and a forty-tone lamassu (a creature with the headed of a bearded man and body of a bull with the addition of wings) made by ancient Assyrians.  The Oriental Institute invites attends of “Mummies Night: 100 Years of Mummies” to take pictures of themselves in their Halloween costumes in front of the King Tut statue and the winged bull.

The Oriental Institute of part of The University of Chicago.  The Office of the Provost of The University of Chicago is backing this event.

Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted (1865-1935) with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960), whose father provided the bulk of the financial support for the foundation of The University of Chicago, The Oriental Institute is one of the world’s leading archaeology museums and research centers devoted to the study of the history and art of ancient Near East and Middle East civilizations of Egypt, Nubia, Anatolia, the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Persia.  The Oriental Institute, which sent out field expeditions in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, opened in 1931.  In the 1990s and early 2000s, The Oriental Institute Museum underwent major renovations and a new wing was built with climate-controlled storage for artifacts and the archives.

The Oriental Institute is located on The University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago. It is north of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on a block bounded by 58th Street to the north, Woodlawn Avenue to the east, 59th Street to the south, and University Avenue to the west.

The address is 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  Click here for driving and parking directions.

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