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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
As featured in The Best of Chicago and 2 other guides
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Address: 40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611-2730
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's...

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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We weren't in the mood to "tackle" any of the big museums this time around and instead decided to check this little treasure out. It is exceptionally well preserved and also has... read more

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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We weren't in the mood to "tackle" any of the big museums this time around and instead decided to check this little treasure out. It is exceptionally well preserved and also has many old photographs of when it was in use by the original family. An interesting look into old Chicago and an enjoyable and well-spent hour of our time.

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Ada, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful mansion, such a wonderful place to experience! We visited last year to view the Dressing Downton exhibit. It is an exquisite and impressive mansion built during the gilded age. The attention to detail in the woodwork and stainless glass is impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back again!

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Babylon NY
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was one of the most beautiful homes I have ever visited. The architecture is amazing and it's filled with the most exquisite items from Mr. Driehaus' extensive collections. We took the guided tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. This is a must do.

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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful period house that has been preserved in its original state. The furnture and the other appointments are original so you really take a walk through history. The museum, that the current owner has modestly named after himself, displayed part of a remarkable collection of french posters of the same period of the house. The posters are so pristine... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Decorative Arts...I think we went for a Tiffany show. It is in a lovely mansion and it is a wonderful collection of art, furniture and decorative arts. It is pricey.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've done so many things in Chicago - when we read about this one we decided to give it a try. It truly was a gem of a museum. Small and intimate it gives you a general idea how people actually lived back then (at least the rich ones).

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Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had never heard of this Museum but in preparing for a visit to the Art Institute, I saw that there was an exhibit of French posters here and so that was my purpose in going. The exhibit itself was wonderful especially for fans of poster art, but the home itself was a revelation! The restoration was truly a return... More 

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Oakdale, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The opulence of the late 19th century is so well preserved in this Chicago Gold Coast private home turned museum. Walk-along audio is well worth the extra $5 to learn how this banking family and later owners lived. The place is beautiful, the craftsmanship of such high quality from floor to ceiling, yet the thought that kept coming to mind... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a 'Do Not MIss' museum! It is a hidden gem in the center of downtown Chicago. You will find Tiffany lamps and incredible Victorian furniture. There is also a fantastic collection of old original posters. Take the time to find this place!

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On my first trip to a Chicago last year, I walked by the Driehaus, and saw they had a Mucha exhibit going on. Nobody else in my group was interested in going in, but I was intrigued, and told them I'd meet up with them later. Turned out the museum was closing in 45 minutes, but the kind lady at... More 

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