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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
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Address: 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number:
3124828933
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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.

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by all means visit. you will see nothing else like this exquisite 19th century home.The richness in detail took our beath away.

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

by all means visit. you will see nothing else like this exquisite 19th century home.The richness in detail took our beath away.

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have a curiosity about life of the wealth class of Chicago in the late 19th century, or have an interest in that era's architecture and design, this is a wonderful visit. The house is beautifully set with wonderful furnishings and art. We took the self-guided tour which provided a lot of good information about the time period. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The restoration of this house is fabulous! Every detail is so artistic authentic and warm with the best of American craftsmanship of the house's era. I have visited many museums and historic buildings in places like Paris, London, Florence and Rome but I find this museum something very unique when compared to my other experiences. I actually would like to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every visit has been excellent ! Very close to Michigan Avenue. Guided or unguided tours are available. Guided are best. Very worth while!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of us started life with posters as a part of our environment. Dorm rooms and first apartments are often decorated with posters to make our life beautiful. Some start out with a classic Lautrec or a Mucha, and we thought that we were showing our class and refinement. After experiencing L'Affichomania, an exhibit of over 40 classic posters by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum and exhibitions change, so check the website before you visit. It's a neighborhood place that gives a great sense of the way a well-heeled family lived in Chicago. The building itself has been lovingly restored, and the staff is eager to point out details.

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Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is basically the house which was built after the Chicago Fire by a millionaire businessman in the late 19th Century during what is called "the gilded age" in America. Although built by the owner and his wife to showcase their good taste and wealth, the house is a monument to the artisans and artists who did the actual... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was hoping to learn a bit more about the history and the time this house was functioning, instead I mainly learbed that the two families that owned it wanted to make a statement about how rich they are but still loved art...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my parents who were in from out of town and we really enjoyed it! We did the tour for the extra $5 and it was absolutely worth it. Anna was a very informative guide and really brought the house to life. Hidden gem in river north!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared to be amazed at the restoration and preservation that has been done here. This is a very "doable" museum in that you can spend 1 1/2 hours and see it all. Beautiful stained and leaded glass, outstanding woodwork, good signage for the different pieces. Worth the time spent.

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