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“Wanna be a parlormaid? Or butler?”

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Ranked #15 of 648 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.
Chicago, Illinoi
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Wanna be a parlormaid? Or butler?”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

The museum is interesting, but I wasn't that crazy about the gimmick. Everyone going in is given a card telling what position they're applying for in this 19th century mansion. I think I was supposed to be interviewing for a parlormaid. It was cute, but gimmicky, and sometimes annoying. The interior itself was quite interesting.

Visited October 2012
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Sherman Oaks, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An extraordinary experience at the Driehaus”
Reviewed 16 October 2012

This was an exquisitely restored home from the gilded age of 19th century Chicago. The house reflects awe-inspiring workmanship and design. In addition, Mr. Driehaus has filled the house with pieces from his extensive collection of Tiffany, Art Nouveau and other artists of the period. Definitely spend the extra $5.00 on the tour. Our knowledgeable guide, Lisa Brown brought the era and the house to life.

Visited September 2012
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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Must see to experience the gilded age”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

Visited during open house the weekend of October 13. An outstanding example of a a gilded age mansion, very much like Newport mansions. Fantastic architecture, decorative arts and furniture. A delight to see. Just off Miracle Mile and accessible.

Visited October 2012
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great find in Chicago”
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Touring an old home was not our intent for the day, but when we stumbled on this stunning home, we had to check it out. Plan to spend at least an hour soaking in every detail of this ornate yet sophisticated 120+ year old home. This recently renovated home (which I'm told was at one point nearly 29,000 square feet), is now a museum of period style and treasures. A simple, self-guided tour is available so you don't feel rushed. Ask to see the safe inside the vault!

Visited October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Beautiful Home”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

I stumbled upon this attraction when browsing for things to do in Chicago. This museum (renovated home) was beautifully restored with so many details to look at. The staff was very knowledgeable.

Visited September 2012
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