Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Richard H. Driehaus Museum
4.5
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, Arizona1,477 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, Massachusetts728 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 Kingdom969 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, Pennsylvania9 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, Minnesota199 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
    232 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 Kingdom46 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
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Fiona R
London, UK46 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
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Wanda H
Mascoutah, IL271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The house was really great. And they had some original (and some not original, but of the right period) furnishings and decorations. Our docent was very knowledgeable and gave a comprehensive tour. My one complaint would be that there were parts of the house not available for viewing. That's always a bummer for me...
Written February 4, 2024
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Susan L
Calgary, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A must-see if you are a fan of the Gilded Age! We were short on time so we couldn't do the tour with a giude. Beautiful mansion.
Written February 1, 2024
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maifun
Washington232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
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!
Written January 1, 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.

seebeeGA
Atlanta, GA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I will add to the list of other reviewers who were awed by this museum. It's Victorian gone wild (in a very good way)! Beautiful wood, beautiful stone, an amazing story of how it survived all these years from the builder family (the Nickersons) to Mr. Driehaus' Victorian art gallery and collection, even with some of the home's original furnishings still surviving. If you love house museums, history, art, architecture, the Victorian and Gilded Age period, beautiful decorative arts, or anything related, add this museum to your list of must-see's in Chicago. A guided tour is an hour, and you can walk around on your own and see more details in another 45-60 minutes so it's not a huge investment of time for some stunning beauty and an education on this time period and area of Chicago from a friendly and knowledgeable staff. A nice benefit is that they are members of some of the musuem reciprocal programs so be sure to check whether you might be able to use a membership from something else you belong to to enter this museum. (Our art museum membership at home in GA allowed us entry to the Driehaus, and we just paid for the guided tour.) We have told EVERYONE about this place since we got home. A stunning gem!
Written December 22, 2023
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Marie N
Warrenville, IL54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful restoration of a late 19th century gilded age mansion in Chicago. They also had an exhibit of Tiffany glass and lamps coupled with some dried flower arrangements/installations. The glass was superb , but the dried flowers did not really contribute to the glass or the house itself - I think they were trying to be a little too avent-garde.
Gift shop lovely, good selection in all price ranges.
Note - elevator not functioning due to some renovation work, but stairs have landings to rest.
This is a wonderful place to visit if you appreciate American Arts and Crafts and Renaissance Revival decoration and architecture.

Written December 16, 2023
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PeglegEd
Minneapolis, MN199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written November 12, 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.

Susan E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Wonderful Gilded age mansion with a beautiful collection of decorative arts. Fabulous experience and highly recommended.
Written November 5, 2023
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Alita
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
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.
Written October 24, 2023
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DRBHersheyPA
Palmyra, PA9 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.

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