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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Address: 40 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
Phone Number: 312 482 8933
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Ranked #5 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all three floors of the museum and discover how the Nickerson family lived and socialized. The museum is closed on Mondays. Tours are an extra $5, but well worth it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

The museum is the end result of restoring a beautiful mansion in exquisite detail. It is truly a treasure in Chicago--allowing visitors to time travel to the turn of the century. As beautiful as the space is, the programs are equally wonderful--lectures, music performances, special exhibits, as well as family events. Under the guidance of Lise Dube-Scherr and her staff,... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

"How'd you like it?" asked a docent as we were leaving. "I feel like I've eaten a big cake," I said. "It was like a great feast for the eyes." I thought it especially fun to visit the Driehaus Museum since I've been watching Downton Abbey which takes place during the same time period. The museum also provides an overview... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Really special historic house in downtown Chicago. Tour excellent. Tiffany glass touring exhibition was outstanding!

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Close to the regular downtown attractions, this museum is a nice change of pace and the rotating exhibits are an added bonus!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Our guide was excellent and explained the various rooms in the museum as well as showing the Tiffany Glass exhibit

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We (4 friends) toured the museum 12/13 with Linda as our guide. Definitely worth the $5 to take her tour. She knew many fascinating details about the history of the house, and the contents which fill it. I intend to return with my husband soon to take the audio tour and see what else I can learn. The artistry in... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Whether you're in town on vacation, looking for something to do with family, or live here, the Driehaus museum is well worth 2-3 hours to go through, especially on a guided tour. They also have self-paced audio guides. Not being knowledgeable on the period and the art, this was a real education and informative tour.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Enjoyed a morning with a self guided audio tour. It was fascinating to experience the history of a time gone by. The hand carved woodwork and craftsmanship was beautiful. Cost about $25 for one person. Took about 2 hours reading and listening to all and seeing Tiffany special exhibit.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I have visited Chicago many times and probably walked past this mansion on every trip without giving it a thought to go in and check it out. I was using Tripadvisor for ideas to visit for our December trip and came across Driehaus Museum. We bought tickets for the guided tour and was very impressed with what a wealthy person... More 

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Atlanta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Absolutely stunning Tiffany collection. If you are going specifically for that reason perhaps it's worth it. The scale and artistry of some of the pieces required you sit and spend some time just taking them in. The house, itself, left something to be desired to me. It's a beautiful restoration but it felt like more of an exhibit space than... More 

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