Oriental Institute Museum

I had a chance to visit the Oriental Institute Museum a few weeks back when Alisha was in town and was quite impressed. Although it seemed, and I suppose I assumed the museum space was not very big, the actual museum was quite large. They had artifacts from close to a dozen ancient civilizations and even had a small piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls! There were gorgeous statues, jewelry, facades and they had reconstructed a small (yet very overwhelming) portion of a temple inside the museum. It was just awe inspiring. Definitely check out this free (with suggested donation) museum and be impressed! IMG_8675.JPG

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Driehaus Museum

Just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue is one hell of a historical gem. The Driehaus Museum is “one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age…. Visitors are immersed in the original splendor of this late 19th century home.” This home was stunning, not only was the architecture simply breath taking – marble on marble on marble with hand painted ceilings and ornate wall papers, but the featured furniture and in this case, Tiffany Lamp exhibit, was beautiful. The museum/home has three floors to discover and a very friendly staff to ask questions and “to peek inside all the closed doors.” (Sadly the closed doors are just storage, but it was sill fun to see!)

I couldn’t imagine such wealth especially during that period where it was opulence or squalor in the city of Chicago. Anyways get your best “Downton-esque” accent and affluent attitude and check out these photos!

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