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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 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number:
+1 312-482-8933
Today
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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Very interesting tour

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the authentic decorative arts in the house even though that isn't our style.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the authentic decorative arts in the house even though that isn't our style.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were there for the Downton Abby wardrobe exhibit, that made the tour all the more special. Love the architecture and detail of things, it was a great tour, would highly recommend.

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Forest Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a wonderful feel because it's actually a house. Great Tiffany collection. They have great special exhibits. A bit pricey but it's a beautiful bit of Chicago history.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous mansion from the past - go see it! Was there in 2016 for the Downton Abbey fashions and truly enjoyed that exhibit and the whole experience of being in another world of the past!

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Siberian District, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this museum for a Downton Abbey wardrobe exhibit and really enjoyed the experience. This place has so much to explore and imagine how people lived here some 150 years ago. It is very similar to the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, RI.

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Manchester, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend of a friend suggested we visit this museum, which is conveniently located just a couple of blocks off of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It is unlikely we would have sought out this museum otherwise, but I'm so happy we did. If you like history and/or architecture and/or art this museum is for you. The house is beautiful and gives... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building, the history, the artifacts and the entire experience is well worth the time and effort when visiting Chicago. The details and craftsmanship in this former home are astounding. Thank goodness Mr. Dreihaus saw the beauty in it and created this wonderful museum. The special exhibit (Puck cartoons) was an added benefit. Go... you will enjoy it!

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Peyton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum opened since we moved away from Illinois, so it was great news to find a "new to us" museum downtown. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. We had several very knowledgable docents give us a guided tour of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like historic homes, elaborate homes, homes from a different era, then definitely put this on your list. The wood work is incredible, each room has tremendous character, the library is beautiful, the staircase is elaborate, and the history is interesting. Our tour guide, Hannah, was super informative and fun and provided some interesting tidbits of info. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great docents. a historic mansion insight in wealth, craftsmanship, materials, tiffany, glass, tiles, art, architecture

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