Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of operations at the Driehaus Museum. Volunteers help the Museum create a warm, welcoming and engaging atmosphere for our visitors.

The Museum is always looking for enthusiastic, reliable and dedicated individuals who would like to learn more about the former Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, the Gilded Age, architecture, historic preservation and decorative arts.

Volunteer orientations occur twice a year, in the Fall (October) and Spring (April).

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Richard Leas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), if you are interested in volunteering.


The Richard H. Driehaus Museum embodies the highest ideals of preservation, conservation, and restoration. Between 2003 and 2008, Richard H. Driehaus supported a meticulous restoration of the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House. Read more

The History of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion

In 1879, Chicago banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson commissioned a new house from the architectural firm of Burling and Whitehouse of Chicago. Read more