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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

(4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the authentic decorative arts in the house even though that isn't our style. 
  • 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. 
  • 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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  • A jewel hidden in the middle of Chicago. It is a nice pause form the busy city life as you get to explore the history of Chicago. The mansion is very well kept, and is beautiful. The staff are super nice and are more than happy to answer your questions. So make sure to ask away!
  • Very good place to see how the uber rich spent money on their homes around the turn of the 20th century. Fascinating decor, a great tour guide who looked like Teddy Roosevelt, and a rich history made this place a great stop on our tour of Chicago. I haven't seen so much marble outside of Rome... and that blew my mind. The tour guide made good use of context and history to bring the house alive. Definitely would recommend you visit.
  • I was so fortunate to view the Downton Abbey exhibit on its very last day, Sunday May 29. The mansion is so beautifully restored and all of the costumes were lovely. The "tour" was well done and very easy to follow. I read all of the information about the mansion and the costumes. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because of the security fellow at the entrance. A less welcoming representative would be hard to find. I am all about following the rules, of course, but his attitude verges on rude. He seemed to find great satisfaction in putting the guests in their place. The museum would be smart to find a better person for their "front door".
  • Beautiful, opulent home built in the late 1800s restored and preserved by mr dreihaus
  • One of my favorite things to do in Chicago. This museum is gorgeous - a fully furnished house from the Folded Age, with rotating exhibits on the top floor. I've visited twice already, for an exhibit on jewelry and the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Everything is so beautiful, especially the stained glass dome in the library!