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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  • August 14, 2017
    If you love history, art, or beautiful things than this museum is perfect. The old house has been wonderfully restored to feature most of its original architectural details, and is filled with period ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We have walked by the Driehaus Museum so many times and have always wanted to go inside but never had time! We finally stopped in yesterday and are so glad we did. This museum is fantastic! The staff ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This museum was about a block from our hotel and we knew that it would take about 2 hours to complete, so we gave it a try. My husband and I loved it! The opulent architecture was just stunning, and t...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • April 21, 2017
    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!
  • March 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    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.

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