Richard H. Driehaus Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century to the present. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883.
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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
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  • Chicago • 4 min walk
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,017 contributions
Nov 2022
The fabled Castle, the one-time home of Potter and Honore Palmer on North Lake Shore Drive, is long gone. So are many of Prairie Avenue's historic mansions. But the Richard H. Driehaus Museum still is open to the public, a classic reminder of America's Gilded Age, Located at 40 East Erie Street, at Wabash, near the Magnificent Mile, on Chicago's Near North Side, it is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. The museum, replete with marble, onyx, carved exotic and domestic woods, glazed tiles and stained glass, does not re-create the Nickerson mansion but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture and decorating tastes of the Gilded Age. On display are original furnishings from the Nickerson era along with American and European decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum is named after its founder, Richard H. Driehaus, a Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector. At the time of its completion in 1883, the mansion was reportedly the most expensive and elaborate private residence in Chicago, having cost $450,000. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1977. It was opened to the public in 2008. In addition to the Tiffany works, the Driehaus collection includes over 1,500 objects, including furniture, vases and Favrile glass.
Written 27 November 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI645 contributions
Nov 2022
This was our second visit to the Driehaus Museum when visiting Chicago. This house museum is amazing! From the moment you enter the house and into the marble entrance hall, you will be mesmerized! We wandered through each and every room in the house to enjoy the Gilded Age splendour....the fireplaces, the ceilings, the decor, the library/gallery, and the glass ceiling dome. On our first visit, we enjoyed a special Tiffany exhibition of pieces collected by Mr. Driehaus. Note that there are always Tiffany pieces to be seen throughout the house. On this visit we saw the Capturing Louis Sullivan: What Richard Nickel Saw exhibit, and it was worth making the time to see. So interesting!! Our first visit was at Christmas; if you enjoy the Christmas holidays, a visit is in order!
Written 21 November 2022
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lisa renee
Grove City, OH78 contributions
Nov 2022
I have visited this museum approximately three times. Most recently, I was here November 17. I was so impressed with the exhibit and information about Richard Nickel. One of the volunteers did a great job of answering my questions. The video about Richard Nickel was intriguing and sad as well. I plan to return! The museum is located behind the Omni Chicago Hotel where I stay each time that I visit. I recommend this museum to anyone looking for something unique to see!
Written 19 November 2022
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NapierAro
napier485 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Stepping through the main entrance is a jaw-dropping experience. This entire former home is filled with exquisite artworks, lights, inlaid wood and other treasures. It was informative and friendly.
I also enjoyed the exhibition upstairs "Capturing Louis Sullivan: What Richard Nickel Saw". It was a real bonus.
Written 3 November 2022
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WaikikiBeach1
Annapolis, MD86 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Loved,, loved, loved this home from the guilded age. It is beautifully restored to its original elegance. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, well worth the extra $5. We have been to a lot of historical homes. This was clearly one of the most beautiful. Cheers to Chicago!
Written 21 October 2022
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Dave H
Sylvania, OH5 contributions
Oct 2022
We were at the Starbucks Reserve and were looking for a museum to visit and found the Driehaus Museum literally a block away. It has a lot of early Chicago architecture history and displays.
Everyone in our party thought it was very cool.
Written 13 October 2022
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112Andrew
Chicago, IL13 contributions
Feb 2022
Really lovely museum/house with a wonderful, knowledgable staff. Move slowly to appreciate all the exquisite features of the furnishings in the rooms.
Written 22 September 2022
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Myra M
40 contributions
Sep 2022
This museum is beautifully decorated. The Tiffany glass is exquisite. My friend heard about it from a co-worker. It is well worth a visit.

I was attracted to the description of it being part of the Gilded Age. I visited Newport, RI earlier this year and was curious to see how it compared. While not nearly as large and grand, it is impressive and worth a visit if you are in Chicago.
Written 18 September 2022
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Judy431
Grayson, GA75 contributions
Sep 2022
I was not familiar with the Driehaus Museum but it is a somewhat newer museum. My son found they were having an exhibit about Richard Nickel and his efforts to document the work of Louis Sullivan before buildings were demolished. The mansion has been restored and has many original and period pieces. We looked thru the exhibit on our own and also took the public tour spending 2 hours in the museum. The first floor is primarily about the home. The second floor bedrooms are not furnished but are used for the exhibit space. You can still admire all of the fireplaces upstairs. Entry price was $20 for adults and my daughter in grad school was $10. Some reviewers complain about the cost but look at what you are seeing and helping to preserve. This mansion is in downtown Chicago. A home would not be built like this today. The woodwork and craftsmanship is incredible. The satinwood in one room can no longer be obtained. The center hall on all 3 floors is all marble (walls, floor, ceiling) including the staircase. The tour guide did a nice job.
Written 12 September 2022
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Angela C
13 contributions
Aug 2022
I loved this museum and the management office across the street. Did not expect to be able to see this museum but we had some time. Seriously - make time to see it! If you liked the Frick Museum in NYC, you will LOOOOOVE this one. Its small so you can spend an hour in here. I do wish they would team up with some artists in Fashion or such as there is a lot of space to include something else. I could also see this as a great place to have a wedding or small party. The photos that could be taken in the garden across the street - would be ideal!
Written 27 August 2022
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