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Glessner House Museum, Chicago

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  • Beautiful house and lots of period furnishings. Docent was passionate about the house and the family history. Enjoyable short tour.  more »
  • We toured this historic house and were glad we did. If you like furnishings or architecture you will appreciate the fantastic restoration done on this house. Many of the features and furnishings are o...  more »
  • Visited last week. What a surprise inside - original back to 1887. Excellent tour of the home and understanding of the time in which it thrived. Actually too much to see in one tour. I will return to ...  more »
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  • If you're into house museums, this one is definitely worth a visit. Located a little ways south of the Loop, about a 25 minute walk from the Museum Campus, it's a remnant of a once-regal neighborhood. In that respect, the house stands out as being distinctly out of step. Inside, the house is architecturally fascinating, with lots of dramatic design features. Lots of beautiful (though restrained, especially in comparison to what you'd see at the Driehaus museum) woodwork throughout, and a bright airy design that exploits natural light. The tours include the facilities for the house staff, something that always scores points with me. It's pretty big so the tour lasts an hour or more. Our tour guide was delightfully enthusiastic and quite knowledgeable. One of my favorite house museums ever.
  • I never visit a city without trying to see at least a few restored historic mansions . I have never been to a house museum with the quality and quantity of original furnishings in it !! Docents are super classy and well informed but not snobbish .
  • This is a hidden gem. Not only a unique piece of American architecture, but a time capsule of the original furnishings. Whether you enjoy Chicago history or a fan of architecture the Glessner House is a must see. I have visited several times the past twenty times and there is always something new to see. It seems they have been restoring several rooms the past few years. These are great tours!
  • Very interesting and informative, I would go again just to take it in a second time.
  • Worth the trip. Really nice place to visit on a rainy day. Our guide was very knowledgeable.