As an amateur archaeologist, enthusiast, student, armchair archaeologist, is there value in becoming a member of a museum like the Oriental Institute Museum (OIM) in Chicago? Well, most museums do list some generous benefits as does OIM.

OIM Chicago

OIM Chicago lists the following as benefits of joining as a member:

  1. Free subscription to their member newsletter
  2. A print copy of the Annual Report. Sample back years are online.
  3. Special invitations to programs, dinners, lectures, etc.
  4. Discounts in the museum shop and on Institute publications.
  5. Discounts on seminars, workshops, symposia, etc.
  6. Use of Research Archives (electronic resources)

These benefits are generous and if you live near Chicago and/or you take an annual archaeological pilgrimage to Chicago then the membership benefits of the OIM are excellent.

If you have never visited the OIM in Chicago then how can you even call yourself and armcharian? It has one of the finest ancient Near East collections in the world. Plus, Wrigley Field is close enough to catch the Cubbies in action.

If you’re not a member of the OIM please join. Friends of the Institute membership prices range from $40 to $75 annually.

Why not plan an annual trip to Chicago, perhaps with a former prof or student, and spend plenty of time at the OIM, then see the Cubs play at Wrigley? Make it a long weekend.

The Armchair Archaeologist gives the Oriental Institute Museum

4 helmets

The only reason the OIM does not get five helmets is because their web site is embarrassing. Their is a lot of data and resources accsible from it but it is like having to crawl on all fours through an Egyptian pyramid labrynth under ground in the dark.