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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

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Just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile, stained-glass pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany are featured at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, which is tucked away in the Samuel M. Nickerson House. The museum houses the private collection of Chicago philanthropist, businessman, and art lover Richard H. Driehaus, whose foundation continues to fund many of the city's up-and-coming artists. You can view more than 1,500 pieces of textile, furniture, decor, and sculpture here. The stained glass is all around, installed in the windows and embedded in the architecture to better catch the light. Be sure to look up in the sculpture gallery to see the elaborate dome. Choose from guided or self-guided tours, then rest on the Art Nouveau furniture on the third floor. Visit the website to see if any concerts or lectures are taking place here during your visit. Plan to visit The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chicago attractions using our Chicago holiday planner.
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  • This place is amazing and has been very well preserved. The audio tour is nice but not a must have. Great gift shop on the top floor. If you have time and in the area, I definitely recommend.  more »
  • The Driehaus museum is a lovely treasure of Chicago...beautifully restored to it's original state and complete with some original artifacts from the house, and a large collection of era-specific items...  more »
  • Coming out of a very bright day into the house, it takes a few seconds for the eyes to adjust to the light, but when they do, the interior is breathtaking. As we always do, when visiting a building on...  more »
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  • Almost overwhelming in its ornateness and opulence, the house is a monument to excess. Yet the qualities of all the decorative arts on display transcend that. It's worth seeing as a subject for contemplating social justice (however you feel about it) and also if you have interest, as a collector (or wannabe collector) or historian of beaux arts gilded age design and craft. Extremely knowledgeable tour guide, in our case at least.
  • Absolutely wonderful museum, with an absolute feast for the eyes! The tour is well worth doing, and then spend another hour or so walking through the house and see everything. The Tiffany glass is particularly wonderful. When I was there they had a poster exhibition, which was out of this world. I took more pictures here than anywhere else in Chicago. What a great treasure!
  • If you enjoy taking a trip back in time and discovering beautiful design and details then I can highly recommend the museum! The staff are very helpful and friendly, although we never took a tour they were still willing to answer questions and show us around some secret places we'd never have discovered alone! Everywhere you look there is a feast of details to be discovered! Reserve a few hours to amble slowly and enjoy the journey.
  • Interior of this building is gorgeous. Rooms and furniture are perfectly preserved, the stained glass windows are beautiful, and the art is amazing. Worth a trip if you're into antiques and art.
  • Excellent restoration of an elegant late 19th century mansion. Truly a gilded age gem with an outstanding decorative arts collection. An opulent step back in time.