Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Richard H. Driehaus Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century to the present. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Near North Side
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  • Chicago • 4 min walk
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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Tiffany items
    This museum is housed in a beautiful home. They have tours throughout the day. I was disappointed that we missed a tour (you can’t sign up in advance), but I downloaded the app and that gave an adequate description of each room and the items in each room. In retrospect, I was glad we could move at our own pace instead of being chained to a tour group. We spent about an hour; you could easily spend 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Restrooms on site and they have a very nice gift shop on the second floor.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent guided tour of restored Gilded Age mansion
    I got an excellent guided tour of a restored Gilded Age mansion at the Richard Driehaus Museum. The first floor contains restored rooms that showed how the wealthy Nickerson and other families lived at that time, with an eye for displaying the latest fashions in architecture & decorative arts. The upper two floors were once the family & guest bedrooms; these are now used for temporary exhibits. I got to see the Hector Guimard exhibition of this now-famous French Art Nouveau architect who's best know for his design of the Paris Metro stations. It was interesting to see how Guimard's Art Nouveau ideas influenced the Nickerson mansion's rooms.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, United Kingdom1,140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate House
    Richard H Driehaus museum is located in the River North area of Chicago. We took the number 3 bus up South Michigan Avenue to get there from the South Loop. The building was constructed in the late 19th century and was the home of the wealthy Nickerson family in the Gilded Age. There were many beautiful fixtures and fittings on display and some wonderful furniture. Also on show on the ground floor were some nice paintings but unfortunately no information was visible as to who the artists were. At the time of our visit, there was an exhibition of the work of French designer and architect Hector Guimard, famous for Art Nouveau, particularly on the Paris metro. I enjoyed his work which was reminiscent of that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Admission fee was $20 per person.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • DRBHersheyPA
    Palmyra, Pennsylvania12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The home is a piece of art!
    A beautiful home that has been beautifully restored. The home is a piece of art! Guided tour was worth the money! I would not have understood and appreciated the home and articles in the home beyond their beauty if not for the tour guide explaining the history behind the home and furnishings. The black and white historical photos in each room depicting what it looked like in its day were so helpful bridging the gap between today and yester-years. A treasure to step back in time to the gilded age.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Alita
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "must see" when you are in Chicago!
    Such a fabulous museum. I have toured house museums all over the US and this is one of the finest as it is exquisitely restored. The docent was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and so patient with our questions. I highly recommend this museum for a glimpse of the Gilded Age.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • PeglegEd
    Minneapolis, Minnesota190 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum. The temporary art deco exhibit was superb.
    Very interesting look back at the gilded age. The house was restored and is in excellent condition. When we visited, they had a temporary art deco exhibit on the upper floors that was quite good. I would've enjoyed the house without the exhibit, but the exhibit was the highlight for me.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • maifun
    224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The decadence!
    Such a strange thing that there's still this 'little' mansion in the midst of much larger developments in the surrounding neighborhoods. And it's not at all little, it's still pretty huge. When you walk in it's so dark and quiet, which makes sense when you see how many of the rooms are literally carved wood. They are trying to limit the sunlight damaging stuff, of course. It's a trip to walk through and learn how families with this kind of money lived back then. Mom and Dad in two different bedrooms, and a TINY kitchen, even though they had more than one servant. I was actually hoping for a better view of the Cable House kitty corner, but as you're in the living room and can't reach across their little museum ropes, can't get one. When I visited, there was no elevator, since there was construction going on next door where the only elevator was. So, if you need accessibility, call ahead to check. A beautiful house for sure!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Fiona R
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for all art, history or architecture buffs
    This enchanting and unique place seems to be relatively unknown to native Chicagoans. Not sure why as it is a gem. There’s an App guide to help you understand what is on show and provide some context, plus there are explanation boards in each room and knowledgeable and helpful room guides to answer any questions. You get a real sense of what it was like to be rich and successful in that age and how wealth was used to create modern (for that time) luxurious interiors by working with the great craftsmen of the day.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Jennifer T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    highly recommend!
    Beautiful home! They take the time to answer questions. The exhibits are very well done. I learned a lot about what life was like for wealthy families during the Gilded Age, which helped me better understand Chicago's history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2024
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The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK1,140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Richard H Driehaus museum is located in the River North area of Chicago. We took the number 3 bus up South Michigan Avenue to get there from the South Loop.

The building was constructed in the late 19th century and was the home of the wealthy Nickerson family in the Gilded Age.

There were many beautiful fixtures and fittings on display and some wonderful furniture. Also on show on the ground floor were some nice paintings but unfortunately no information was visible as to who the artists were.

At the time of our visit, there was an exhibition of the work of French designer and architect Hector Guimard, famous for Art Nouveau, particularly on the Paris metro.

I enjoyed his work which was reminiscent of that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Admission fee was $20 per person.
Written August 10, 2023
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lisa renee
Grove City, OH102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I have visited this museum approximately three times. Most recently, I was here November 17. I was so impressed with the exhibit and information about Richard Nickel. One of the volunteers did a great job of answering my questions. The video about Richard Nickel was intriguing and sad as well. I plan to return! The museum is located behind the Omni Chicago Hotel where I stay each time that I visit. I recommend this museum to anyone looking for something unique to see!
Written November 19, 2022
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This museum is great for anyone interested in Chicago's history, along with fabulous architecture and furnishings. The staff was super friendly and helpful in answering questions, since guided tours were not an option (due to COVID). I enjoyed just exploring on my own, though I definitely want to go back when tours are available again. I had a great conversation with the woman working in the gift shop when I was buying some items.
Written July 22, 2021
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Steftree
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
I am in love with this Gilded Age mansion - such exquisite interiors. The flooring, wall treatments, fireplace surrounds, and art work are inspired. I took the additional $5 tour, which was very informative. If you are a fan of Art Nouveau, William Morris, and Tiffany stained glass, this is the place for you.
Written September 19, 2021
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Fiona R
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This enchanting and unique place seems to be relatively unknown to native Chicagoans. Not sure why as it is a gem.

There’s an App guide to help you understand what is on show and provide some context, plus there are explanation boards in each room and knowledgeable and helpful room guides to answer any questions.

You get a real sense of what it was like to be rich and successful in that age and how wealth was used to create modern (for that time) luxurious interiors by working with the great craftsmen of the day.
Written March 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CarolineSchu
Saint Cloud, FL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I was thoroughly impressed with this experience. It is a beautiful stop as you are hopping around Chicago. Great little history insight. We had three kids 11-13 years old and they enjoyed it. It can be a brief visit filling out your day!
Written January 27, 2020
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Jan M
Mount Dora, FL78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is a meticulously renovated museum that showcases the architecture and decor of a wealthy Golden Age "merchant prince." The sumptuous furnishings are a treat to the eyes, and many were made expressly for the rooms where they are now. It's amazing they were able to save them for over a century. There are opulent Tiffany lamps, stained glass windows, centerpieces, vases, mantle surrounds and more. The walls, fireplaces and parquet flooring is different in every room. Really a gem.
Written June 25, 2022
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DRBHersheyPA
Palmyra, PA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A beautiful home that has been beautifully restored. The home is a piece of art!
Guided tour was worth the money! I would not have understood and appreciated the home and articles in the home beyond their beauty if not for the tour guide explaining the history behind the home and furnishings.
The black and white historical photos in each room depicting what it looked like in its day were so helpful bridging the gap between today and yester-years.
A treasure to step back in time to the gilded age.
Written September 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I got an excellent guided tour of a restored Gilded Age mansion at the Richard Driehaus Museum. The first floor contains restored rooms that showed how the wealthy Nickerson and other families lived at that time, with an eye for displaying the latest fashions in architecture & decorative arts.

The upper two floors were once the family & guest bedrooms; these are now used for temporary exhibits. I got to see the Hector Guimard exhibition of this now-famous French Art Nouveau architect who's best know for his design of the Paris Metro stations. It was interesting to see how Guimard's Art Nouveau ideas influenced the Nickerson mansion's rooms.
Written July 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NapierAro
napier592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Stepping through the main entrance is a jaw-dropping experience. This entire former home is filled with exquisite artworks, lights, inlaid wood and other treasures. It was informative and friendly.
I also enjoyed the exhibition upstairs "Capturing Louis Sullivan: What Richard Nickel Saw". It was a real bonus.
Written November 3, 2022
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