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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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Neighborhood: Near North Side
As featured in The Best of Chicago and 2 other guides
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Address: 40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611-2730
Phone Number: +1 312-482-8933
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's...

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. Tours are an extra $5, but well worth it.

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You get a glimpse of how old-time Chicagoans lived in the beautiful living history museum. Take the tour -- in and outside tours are informative and fun.

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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You get a glimpse of how old-time Chicagoans lived in the beautiful living history museum. Take the tour -- in and outside tours are informative and fun.

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Western Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first tour in Chicago. The house is a simply stunning and over the top example of a time period in Chicago's history. The detailed woodwork and ceilings were amazing. My favorite feature was the intricately inlayed wood floors whose patterns varied from room to room. We also enjoyed the connection that the house's first owners, the Nickersons,were... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a long time resident of the Chicago area and never heard of this attraction. It's well worth the 20 bucks (12.5 if senior) to visit and get a feel of what it was like to be a magnate in Chicago around the turn of the century. Very helpful staff as well with a nice museum shop on the third... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mansion has been lovingly kept up. The original woodwork with inlays and carvings and extensive use of marble is seen in every room. Period furniture and collectibles are well displayed. Special exhibits have been excellent also.

Thank Grandmom1949
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that I was surprised to find this house. He is a beautiful example of a historic high end mansion. It has been amazingly restored and has a vast number of original pieces. Every room is by a different designer and this is completely unique. I really loved the stain glass skylight and the dining room. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is so beautiful, breathtaking and fabulous to go through it. It was named after the philanthropist who took it over but first the house was owned by the R. Nicholson (i hope i spelled it right). 😦. A young architect and after him the Fisher family so i felt alittle confused that it was named after the philanthropist.... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A prime example of "Gilded Age" living in Chicago. The house has been perfectly restored and is filled with outstanding examples of decorative arts. Give it a try.

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've ever wondered how the other half (really the 1%) lived in the Golden Age, this house will give you a good idea. The furnishings and spaces are authentic and well documented. Traipsing up and down the stairs, peeking into all the rooms just blew my mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this small museum, which was filled with beautiful furnishings from the Gilded Age. Gorgeous Tiffany lamps, carved wood and inlaid wood details, lovely tiled walls and a stained glass dome ceiling are some of the highlights of this magnificent house. Highly recommended!

Thank Cynthia E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unbelievably gorgeous mansion, full of history, marble, gold, stunning Tiffany lamps, stain glass windows, Drapes, painting, china. Not crowded on a Thursday afternoon. The greeter Anna-was fabulous-full of information and little nuggets of information about the museum. Alex in the gift shop was adorable and so sweet. I would highly recommend!!!!

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