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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
As featured in The Best of Chicago and 2 other guides
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Address: 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number:
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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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A real gem!

A beautiful home and very knowledgeable docents. The woodwork, wall coverings and Tiffany pieces are wonderful!Although the guided tour surely would have been better, we found... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful home and very knowledgeable docents. The woodwork, wall coverings and Tiffany pieces are wonderful!Although the guided tour surely would have been better, we found everyone willing to answer all our questions as we did a self guided tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Chicago the day after Christmas we found ourselves looking at long lines to our favorite "go tos". The consierge at our hotel recommended this little gem! Built during the Gilded Age, restored and decorated with furnishings and art belonging to the namesake of museum. But it is the architecture and ornate carvings, exotic woods and tiles that steal the... More 

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Anchorage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The furnishings, artwork and craftsmanship of this mansion made it worth visiting. You are really able to appreciate the detail as you walk into each room. The Tiffany lamps are exceptional. The staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the guided tour of the museum. We'll worth the tour. Learn more about the home, without having to read all of the displays. An amazing home, can't imagine living in such luxury and extravagance.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The original Nickerson family home from the gilded age of the late 1800's has been lovingly restored by Richard Driehaus (his offices are in the mansion across the street) to preserve this family home and show off the furnishings and decor from this period in American history. Lots of Tiffany glass, if you are a fan. There is currently an... More 

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olympia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gilded-age museum does a very good job of immersing you in the opulence of the era. It is a lot of fun to look around on one's own, but the fairly short tour is quite worthwhile. It would be nice to have a little more information available about some of the many pieces of furniture and artwork on display,... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of Chicago's best kept secrets and is a must see if you love art and architecture. It is simply outstanding. The staff is extremely helpful, and I highly recommend the audio tour which is well done and worth every penny of the $5. Put this on your must see list.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For what it is, I think the entrance fee is a bit expensive, but it is good to go once to see the historical time capsule that it achieves. It's nice during the holidays - you feel like it captures the history of the city and the holidays.

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Moline, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A magnificent mansion. Every square inch is gorgeous. Inlaid wood, carved marble, Tiffany lights, etc. There is also a large collection of turn of the century posters from Europe including Toulouse Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, etc. Definitely worth seeing and enjoying.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to this house & museum. It's a wonderful place. The one hour tour is excellent and well worth the extra $5. Before or after the tour you can roam around 3 floors of the house by yourself! There aren't many house tours where you're allowed to do that and it makes this house museum special.... More 

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