Insitute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum (ISAC Museum)

Right at 58th and University is one of the world’s greatest centers for understanding the story of our lives as humans together; envisioned as a laboratory for the study of the rise and development of the cultures of West Asia and North Africa, ISAC is the University of Chicago’s—and one of the world’s—very first interdisciplinary research institutes. The ISAC Museum houses some 350,000 artifacts, excavated mainly by ISAC archaeologists, and includes a comprehensive archive that documents our fieldwork and other research. Together, the ISAC Museum collections comprise one of the best resources in the world for the archaeology, art, history, and languages of West Asia and North Africa, allowing us to understand, reveal, and conserve the past. The ISAC Museum displays objects in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the Levant, as well as rotating special exhibitions.

Image: ISAC gallery view.