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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

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4.6/5 based on 900+ 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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  • Oh my! Visiting this house was suggested by a friend and I'm so glad we did! It is located several blocks off of Michigan Ave, so easy to walk to. I've never seen a house like it! Beautiful marble, wo...  read more »
  • You've done the usual rounds on your visit to Chicago: Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Millenium Park. Now it's a chance to pay a quiet visit to a lavish overdecorated pile in the River...  read more »
  • I had been here two years ago when I was new to Chicago; the museum is gorgeous at Christmas, as you might expect. Turns out it is beautiful year round. We did the guided tour. The group was only 6 or...  read more »
  • 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".
  • 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!
  • I've toured many old mansions, but this one is remarkable for its condition. It seems like it is as immaculate as the day the original owners moved in. Often there are interesting exhibits in addition to the house tour. We enjoyed the retrospective of comics from Punch magazine.
  • Great architecture and design from an interesting time in Chicago's history. It's easy to walk through in a couple of hours. It's well run and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Too expensive for what there is to see, but still a nice museum.
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