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“Wow a must see building that just opened recently for tours” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Ranked #12 of 631 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.
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“Wow a must see building that just opened recently for tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is a building that was built right after the Chicago Fire and was dubbed the Marble Palace. The building is simply beautiful and there is a ton of history behind the house. A gem in the city that up until fall 2012 it was only open tp private parties.

Visited October 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Located in the heart of the city - among churches, businesses and restaurants - we happened upon this beautiful residence - went in to do the tour but was advised to wait since we would have to pay the fee and only have 30 minutes to visit the home (what a nice thing to do). We went back the next afternoon for a guided tour that was simply wonderful. Learned a lot about the city, the gilded age and the families that lived in the home and their lives.

Visited September 2013
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Hotsprings, Arkansas
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“Navy Pier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went to see the 'Tall Ships' and stopped off along the way at the Driehaus exhibit located about halfway twixt Harry Carey's and the end of the Pier. It is a relatively small, quiet setting with incredibly beautiful artworks in glass. The feeling one gets is that of entering a church and admiring the windows, although the art is not all overtly religious. Good shelter from the storm of good natured loudness [noise] that inhabits most of the pier.

Visited August 2013
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Naples, Florida
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“Awesome home from the Gilded Age”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

When you enter the home, you are blown away by the marble in the entrance hall. The wood carving, tile, wall coverings, Tiffany glass are a study in the conspicuous consumption of the Golden age. My favorite thing is the stained glass dome in one of the rooms. This is a must see on your list when you visit Chicago. One hour guided tours are given at 11 am and 2 pm.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Private mansion - public museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Thanks to the two different wealthy families who built and then occupied this mansion, you can see fabulous rooms with Tiffany lamps, ceramic tiles, furniture and paintings from 1880's and later, including naturalist and art nouveau periods. If you ask the docent you can even go back into the servants' quarters which are now used as offices for the museum staff. Best room is the dining room.Don't miss the glass domed ceiling in the library. Museum shop is small and items are expensive.

Visited August 2013
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