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Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very unique mansion in heart of Chicago with interesting history. Lucky that the building is being preserved. Incredible entryways, flooring, handcrafted woodworking and stained glass. From the days when the very rich lived downtown near the lake.

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Joe_Traveler_K
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Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's a big house that gives you an idea of the economic inequality that existed and exists in society.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank melindalongford
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Reviewed December 1, 2014

We’ve seen many of Chicago’s more famous museums and attractions on our previous visits to the city, but we hadn’t been aware of the Driehaus Museum until this year. We enjoyed spending several hours savoring this beautiful Gilded Age mansion’s art and architecture. It has so many interesting details that it was hard to decide where to look first. We’re glad we opted to pay an extra $5 per person over the $20 admission fee for the guided tour, which helped us take it all in. We also had the option of renting a $5 audio guide for a self-guided tour. The audio guide might have given us more detailed information about the various art objects throughout the house, but we usually enjoy the personal attention that tour guides can give. Andy and Claire, the two guides who led us on an hour-long tour, didn’t disappoint us.

If we weren’t on a guided tour, I don’t think we would have been able to take a quick peak at the servants’ quarters, which are now used as offices for the museum’s staff. When I commented that the rooms looked nicer and more spacious than the servants’ rooms on “Downton Abbey,” Andy responded with one of the more interesting pieces of information that I learned on the tour. He said that American domestic workers usually received more perks than their British counterparts because it was harder to attract and maintain domestic help in the United States than in Britain. American workers were less tolerant of social immobility and were more likely to seek work elsewhere if they were unsatisfied with their working conditions.

An hour isn’t enough time to cover everything of interest in the house. Fortunately, after the official tour, Claire volunteered to show us an additional room and answer even more of our questions. The house was full of helpful guides who gladly answered our questions. One even gave us a peak inside a vault when we asked about its door. She explained that the cabinet inside was built before the vault’s doorway was completed and was intentionally made too large to fit through the doorway as an extra security measure. We learned interesting factoids like that throughout the house.

The house itself is worth a trip, but we highly recommend visiting before the Tiffany exhibition ends on January 4, 2015. You must see many of the windows, lamps, and other objects in person to fully appreciate their color and texture. An exceptionally gorgeous piece is the River of Life window. One room contained several items from the upcoming exhibition of Arts and Crafts jewelry, which looks like it will be worthwhile too. The museum also hosts many appealing events. The mansion seems like a great backdrop for murder mystery evenings, concerts, and other programs.

The $25 per person that we paid for our tickets was comparable to other museums but more than we usually spend on individual attractions. We weren’t able to find discount tickets for this museum but felt that our money was well spent because of the quality and quantity of the artwork and the enjoyably uncrowded and unrushed atmosphere. We were able to wander around the house by ourselves before and after our tour, take non-flash photos, and were even permitted to leave the museum and return later in the day. Being able to savor the house at our own pace and without the crowding that’s often found in museums added to our enjoyment. We suggest that you visit this museum before the crowds discover it.

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed November 30, 2014

Makes me feel better about investment bankers. This is an unexpectedly beautiful museum featuring Tiffany glass and lamps in a Chicago mansion that is illustrative of life in the golden age. Both the house and furnishings and the Tiffany exhibit are spectacular.

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank CaFrancophile
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Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you're into design or architecture, and even if you're not, this is a really neat place near Michigan Avenue. Two hours spent will fill your head with the colorful beauty of Tiffany glass and the ornate details of a turn-of-the-20th-Century mansion. If you have little kids with you, head to another museum, but if your kids are in college or older and you want to do something as a family, this is a great place.

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank JJ H
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