Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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Richard H. Driehaus Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighborhood: Near North Side
How to get there
  • Chicago • 4 min walk
  • Grand • 4 min walk
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Marblehead750
Dayton, OH671 contributions
Step back into the gilded age
Oct 2021 • Solo
Ordered my ticket online and got in with no problem. Lushly appointed rooms that you can wander around in without having to take a guided tour (which is my preference). Many of the objects displayed aren't original to the house but were added later. Still, a great Gilded Age experience. The inevitable gift shop is on the 3rd floor.
Written October 22, 2021
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Steftree
5 contributions
Gorgeous interiors in Gilded Age mansion
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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Ross T
San Francisco, CA93 contributions
What a house
Aug 2021
Wow. What a house that has been renovated back to 1883. Definitely pay the extra $5 for a public guided tour. The guide provides so much info that is not obvious. Probably the #1 item I did on this trip. Up there with deep dish pizza.W
Written August 9, 2021
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R_B_R2
Chappaqua, NY13 contributions
A gem just off the miracle mile
Aug 2021
A gem of a museum. Came here based on the TripAdvisor ranking and was thrilled I did. Takes about an hour to see. Amazing collection of Tiffany lamps and vases but so much more as well. A very high quality and beautifully displayed collection of late 18th to early 19th century art and objects. A real treat.
Written August 1, 2021
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN256 contributions
Great experience
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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BPutnam
BPutnam24 contributions
Stunning house museum
Jun 2021
We had a couple of hours to kill on a rainy morning and stumbled across this stunning house museum. The house has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur including an amazing collection of period furniture and accessories.
Written July 16, 2021
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dre51
Petoskey, MI992 contributions
Worth Visiting!!
Jun 2021
Very interesting museum. The house is spectacular and the period furnishings are exquisite. It's so nice that Mr. Driehaus took an interest in restoring the mansion.
Written June 22, 2021
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Globaljoan
Hawaii532 contributions
Worthwhile
Jun 2021
This is a site to visit especially if you are into walls, floors, ceilings, ornate woodwork, and architecture. They are open only on the weekends and would recommend you book tickets in advance.
Written June 12, 2021
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IguanaMomma
Vista, CA41 contributions
So many original antiques.
May 2021
We were amazed at how much of the original furniture and decor remained in the home. Every downstairs room is filled with absolutely beautiful Tiffany & Co. lamps and tableware.
Written June 4, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,241 contributions
A tour through Chicago's Gilded Age
Oct 2020
The Potter Palmer mansion on North Lake Shore Drive is long gone. Most of the mansions on Prairie Avenue on Chicago's Near South Side have been demolished. And the several McCormick mansions along Rush Street. Not much is left of the majestic residences dating to the Gilded Age. One notable exception is the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House at 40 East Erie Street, at Wabash, a block east of the Magnificent Mile. Built in 1883, it houses Richard H. Driehaus Museum, which broadly interprests and displays the prevailing design, architecture and decorating tastes of Gilded Age America. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1977. In 2003, Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector Richard H. Driehaus acquired the building and established it as a museum. It was opened to the public in 2008. The luxurious interiors are replete with marble, onyx, carved exotic and domestic woods, glazed tiles and stained glass. On display are original furnishings from the Nickerson era along with American and European decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Many of the artworks on display are selections from the private Driehaus Collection. See the suite of carver neo-Empire maple chairs by George A. Schastey & Co. of New York, a rare Chickering and Sons grand piano and a Herter Brothers extension dining table of quarter-sawn white oak. Also a brass chandelier from Thurlow Lodge, exquisite vases by Emile Galle and Sevres, a gilt-bronze mantel clock by Deniere and a Venetian marble sculpture by Oscar Spalmach depicting the mythical figures of Cupid and Psyche. A walk through the Driehaus Museum aka the Nickerson House is like taking a journey through the Gilded Age.
Written October 30, 2020
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Richard H. Driehaus Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM