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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

40 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
312 482 8933
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Ranked #10 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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 three floors of the museum and discover how the... more » 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. « less
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Montreal, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was such a lovely house to visit. I strongly suggest taking the guided tour. And I was lucky enough that there was a Tiffany expo when I visited.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you enjoy historic home tours, or decorative arts, I highly recommend visiting. Not fully furnished, but does include a great deal of Tiffany glass. Convenient for downtown visitors.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is well worth a visit for approx one hour. the house was built in the late 1800s and contains many of the original features that went into this $450,000 construction project. A wonderful piece of Victorian architecture with a superb collection of Tiffany glass

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Boston
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Really enjoyed our recent few hours touring the Driehaus Museum. Stepping through the front door of this former grand home, one is taken back to the splendor of Chicago's Gilded Age. The architecture, art and furnishings are splendid, and if you're a fan of Tiffany glass, this urban mansion is not to be missed! Few of us have known such... More

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New Jersey
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Beautiful rooms, details, pieces in every room. A grand home tucked away not too far from the hustle and bustle of the Magnificent Mile. Wonderful place to visit and enough information to read the signs or they have tours a few times a day. Docents available for questions if you are doing a self-tour. Lucky to visit during the Tiffany... More

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Fox River Grove, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This mansion was the home of a wealthy banker, Samuel Nickerson, where he lived with his family around 1900. You can tour the main flour, which includes a receiving room, smoking room, drawing room, parlor and dining room. The second floor includes four bedrooms: those of Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson and his son and the son's wife. The top floor... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

After reading other reviews, we decided to give the Driehaus Museum a whirl. We visited on a rainy Friday morning and benefitted from the hour-and-a-half-long combo tour of both the house and the current Tiffany exhibit. Our guide was knowledgable, personable and enthusiastic in helping us discover both the apogee of the Chicagoan gilded-age and Tiffany and Co.'s artistic creation.... More

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The Dreihouse was an unexpected pleasure. We walked past and noticed that a Tiffany exhibit was ongoing. We made a trip the next day and were very pleasantly surprised. The home is magnificent, with many of the original pieces from the early 1900s intact. The Tiffany pieces were beautiful, as was much of the artisan work in the original house.... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This unique mansion (then offices, then art gallery, and now a mansion again!) is restored and gracious one again. The visitor understands what life among the wealthy was like thanks to the incredible restorations, written explanations, and helpful docents. I'd urge everyone to get the audio-tour as it was very well done and offers that feature that I love. .... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Enjoyed this museum very much. Highly Recommended if you are interested in architecture, art, woodwork, history. I suggest the guided tour. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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