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“Great Little Gem of a Museum”

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Ranked #14 of 638 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Little Gem of a Museum”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Wonderful house full of treasures and great docent tour, highly recommend this museum. Diana Ar & Antique Appraiser

Visited March 2013
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Monticello, Illinois
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7 reviews
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“Amazing house with Chicago history”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

House museums are always on my itinerary. I love the architecture, history and personal stories. The Driehaus exceeding my expectations. It was built by a survivor of the Chicago fire to be fire proof. Now it is tucked away among the bigger buildings but once inside you'll imagine how life was for the very wealthy when Chicago was booming with that generation of self made men. I loved that one of the current generation saved and restored the mansion.

Visited March 2013
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Streamwood, Illinois
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103 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A Special Place”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

What a remarkable museum just steps off Michigan Ave. in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. We spent the extra $5 for the 1 hour tour and it was worth it. Our guide, Daniel, was interesting and very knowledgable. The treasures this house contains are too numerous to name but if you are a fan of Tiffany there are many excellent examples including commissioned pieces that are one of a kind. Mr. Driehaus has the largest collection of Tiffany pieces; 1,500. They are hosting a special Tiffany exhibition in the fall at The Driehaus. I plan on going back for that.

Visited April 2013
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Medina, Ohio
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

It is really quite remarkable. You will be awed by the wealth these families must have had. I thought it a bit pricy for a self-guided tour.

Visited April 2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stumbled across the Driehaus Museum on our morning walk. So glad we did! Relaxing self guided tour, friendly staff on each floor to answer questions, place to sit upstairs just when you need it and browse through books and pics about the house. Beautiful home.

Visited March 2013
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