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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 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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Worth a Visit to See early Chicago

Not well known, but definitely worth a visit. This museum is actually a mansion dating from the late 1800's with original furniture and accents from that period. It is... read more

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Frankfort, IL
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Frankfort, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not well known, but definitely worth a visit. This museum is actually a mansion dating from the late 1800's with original furniture and accents from that period. It is beautifully restored and you have access to the whole house. It is located near north, so you might have to ask directions to get there. The museum also routinely features special... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We often try to find an unknown, less mainstream attraction on any city we visit. The Driehaus Museum is one of these places. We were treated to a beautifully restored city mansion that showcased the Gilded Age and the families who built it and lived there. The interior design and furnishings were perfectly matched and very pleasant in their effect.... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We enjoyed this look back at The Gilded Age. The house is very well preserved and opulently furnished, and we paid a few dollars extra to rent a device that gave a recorded message and explanation of many things in the house. They also had an interesting exhibit of French poster art and a nice gift shop on the third... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're the kind of person who likes seeing how "the 1 percent" lived around the turn of the 20th century, this is for you. Amazing architecture and decorations, no expense spared. Tiffany lamps galore. We took the guided tour and found it very informative.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum housed in a vintage mansion. If you have any interest in the decorative arts and architecture, it is worth the visit. Not recommended for younger children.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved seeing the exhibit of antique French posters but really enjoyed getting to see the interior of the mansion and being able to read about all of its history. In beautiful condition , great gift show too.

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Puyallup, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and I visited the museum this morning and throughly enjoyed self guided tour. The main exhibit was Paris poster art of the late 1800's. The docent I spoke with provided a quick history of most of the artists, their styles, and what they moved on to. She couldn't have been nicer and made the visit more worthwhile.

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Nagoya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful feast of high design and ostentation. Even the restroom was outstanding! Leave about 3 hours to complete the audioguide and read the information. Tour guide was interesting and had beautiful braided hair!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional museum based on the complete renovation of a mid 19th century home. The museum features an extensive private art collection including numerous bronzes and priceless furniture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to to the Driehaus Museum rather spontaneously on a Sunday afternoon after my cousin just happened to mention it. It's incredible! Every detail of this house museum is impeccably restored. The house and it's phenomenal decor provide a unique window into 19th century/early 20th century Chicago/America through it's art and history. As impressive as the house itself is... More 

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