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“Fantastic Restoration”

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Ranked #13 of 681 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.
Reviewed May 25, 2013

This is a must see in Chicago if you want to take a step back in time- and love architecture and fine homes. They did a great job renovating this property and bringing it back to life. Probably worth paying the extra $5 a ticket for the guided tour. If not, there are plenty of signs and docents on hand for questions. Each room has so much detail though it does take time to really take it all in!

1  Thank Todd J
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

This lovely home rivals the mansions in Newport for period decor. It is a beautiful limestone home, lovingly restored and now open to the public. The woodworking, the floors and decorative ceilings are fabulous. The home contains 13 different types of marble especially evident in the grand staircase. The cost was a little steep - $12.50 for a senior. But really worth seeing all 3 floors!

1  Thank Cathleen C
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We visited the museum after reading so many positive reviews. What a gorgeous house with great history - restored to a pristine state; filled with antiques and many Tiffany lamps. The docents were very friendly and knowledgeable. You can freely move from room to room at your own pace. For a time, we were the only visitors. The museum has only been open 3 years. We will definitely bring others back with us the next time we visit Chicago.

Thank Ann W
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

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

Thank newarknancy
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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.

Thank Constance C
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