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Glessner House Museum

1800 South Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 (Near South Side)
312 326 1480
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Ranked #115 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Type: Historic Sites
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Cold Spring, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently toured the Glessner House Museum. Since it was a Sunday afternoon we were the only ones on the tour (2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and 6.) All of us enjoy history, so the visit was very pleasant. The outside of the home looks like a medieval fortress; however when you walk through the doors you are... More

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This house is a twofer, it is a great introduction to H.H. Richardson's domestic architecture and William Morris furnishings. Fortunately the family kept most of the original furnishings so it really gives the idea of what it looked like when the Glessners lived there. They are renovating one of the guest rooms that should be open in April. Our only... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

i went there last year on winter break it was fun especially for a child about the age span of 9-11 if they are interested in history. its totaly the place to go

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is best done as a combination with another museum house from a previous era. We really enjoyed the two houses, especially this one. Our docent was pretty good although hard to hear at times. I noticed other docents seemed a little more inter-active with their group. I learned a lot, the area is really nice and I would not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

If you want to re-live the history of Chicago you have to visit the oldest building namely Clarke House and see the opulence and splendor of Glessner House. I did tours of both houses on a Wednesday (bonus...a free day) which were both interesting and informative.

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sugar hill, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We recently had a wonderful tour of this building. The history of the Glessners was fascinating and to be able to get such an intimate view of the house was wonderful. Listening to the research that goes into the renovation and recreation is fascinating. Thank you!

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Fascinating building. We had an excellent guide who gave us lots of information on Chicago's history.

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Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Glessner House is a must-see for Architecture buffs, as the premier extant residential design of one of America's greatest architects, Henry Hobson Richardson. Others who would should go are those interested in interior decoration, particularly William Morris designs or in the artistry in wood worked by Isaac Scott. The Glessner House also provides an interesting architectural study in the... More

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chicago, il
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Like another reviewer said, the lady at the Glessner House desk was very rude. I came for a free wednesday tour and she said they were full plus she said with a frown upon seeing my two little ones that the tour was an hour long. I said "you mean not good for kids?" and she said yes. I saw... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Glessner House is a turn-of-the 20th century house/museum with all the elegance (an area with dais for a small orchestra or string quartet to play above a dancefloor) and everyday loveliness of the homes of the rich in that era (French doors, children's schoolroom, servants' quarters). Going up steep steps in dark, very narrow stairways that twist and turn abruptly... More

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