We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Near North Side
As featured in The Best of Chicago and 2 other guides
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 3124828933
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's...

Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all three floors of the museum and discover how the Nickerson family lived and socialized. Tours are an extra $5, but well worth it.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 962 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 694
    Excellent
  • 184
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Fascinating and beautiful

Really nice! A fascinating house with amazing details. I loved this visit. Art deco and Tiffany lamps... a great guide showed us around in the most friendly way. Enjoyed every... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
bo11
,
Vaxjo, Sweden
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

962 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 901: English reviews
Vaxjo, Sweden
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice! A fascinating house with amazing details. I loved this visit. Art deco and Tiffany lamps... a great guide showed us around in the most friendly way. Enjoyed every minute! Great little gift shop too. Best visit during my Chicago week

Helpful?
Thank bo11
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great view of history of the Gilded Age. We found the house very fascinating and glade we took the time to visit.

Helpful?
Thank Phillip T
Santa Ana, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is the house and its decor amazing, but the docent was very interesting and spunky. I'm sorry, I didn't get her name. I spent several hours there not only looking at the home, but poring over the special exhibit. This was by far my favorite in Chicago.

Helpful?
Thank Sharon G
Albany NY
Level Contributor
41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited the Driehaus by myself while in Chicago. I took advantage of the guided tour and found the museum and all its artifacts quite interesting. The mansion has been lovingly restored and is beautiful to anyone interested in history, architecture, or just beautiful household items. I spent only 90 minutes or so, but probably could have gone back... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Trudy B
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Driehaus yesterday with a couple of long-time friends as an early birthday celebration. We were looking for things to do in the city other than the usual shopping spots. This house was definitely it! We did the self-guided tour and we stayed about 1.5 hours. It was amazing to roam from room to room and see all... More 

Helpful?
Thank Theresa S
North Platte, Nebraska
Level Contributor
39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was stunned by the wonderful collection of Tiffany lamps on display. The mansion was easy to navigate. Unless you were part of a tour, not much information was found to describe the artifacts and works of art. We felt the staff was always watching us but rarely offered details. We left with some beautiful photos but longed for more... More 

Helpful?
Thank Marcia G
Long Beach, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An historically significant and architecturally magnificent home from a time when some people with immense wealth knew how to enjoy it. Four years in its original construction and even longer in its restoration, with many original furnishings and wonderful additional items from Mr. Driehaus' collection, it is truly an impressive display. We opted for a docent guided tour, a bargain... More 

Helpful?
Thank Trotwood
Illinois
Level Contributor
67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although I lived in this neighborhood for years I did not know about this amazing Gilded Age home. It 's been recently restored and is wonderful to tour.

Helpful?
Thank Defm
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great and insightful tour of a mansion built during the late 1800s to early 1900s. Very informative and enjoyable. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Elevator available.

Helpful?
Thank marcus_1986_travel
Lisle, Illinois
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have always wanted to go to the Driehaus Museum & finally went...It did not disappoint ! One of the most beautifully restored homes that shows the opulence of the period. We got the audio tour which is worth it. The entry & library are stunning. The website was very helpful prior to our visit. The staff were very friendly... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jimmy C

Travellers who viewed Richard H. Driehaus Museum also viewed

 

Been to Richard H. Driehaus Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Richard H. Driehaus Museum and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
Regina, Canada
4 months ago
Peoria, Illinois
Waterford, Wisconsin
Waterford, Wisconsin
9 months ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Richard H. Driehaus Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?