September 10, 2013

The Young Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson: A Brief History

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Samuel and Mathilda Nickerson were patriarch and matriarch of this fine home, but we can’t overlook their son Roland and his wife Adelaide, who shared the mansion with the elder Nickersons and started their young family here. > Read more

August 06, 2013

From the Collection: Landscape by Agnes Northrop

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Learn more about the inner workings of Tiffany Studios with this landscape study by Agnes Northrop, one of the “Tiffany Girls.” > Read more

July 12, 2013

Q&A: Introducing the Museum Store!

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The Driehaus Museum Store is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, July 13. Here is a sneak peek of just a few of the beautiful items you'll find inside, plus a conversation with the Museum Store Coordinator. > Read more

July 08, 2013

Help Wanted! Q&A with the Actors of the Servants' Tour

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We chat with the ladies who bring the Nickersons' housekeeper, Mrs. Williams, to life during the Driehaus Museum's popular Summer Servants' Tour. > Read more

June 28, 2013

The Life and Work of Edward J. Burling, Architect

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The architect behind the Samuel M. Nickerson House played a major role in forming Chicago. > Read more

June 17, 2013

From the Collection: Tiffany Studios Humidor, c. 1902-10

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This fanciful blown-glass work by Tiffany Studios always stirs the curiosity of visitors to the Reception Room. > Read more

June 08, 2013

"He Thought it was Architecture Run Crazy"

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In honor of the Driehaus Museum's five-year anniversary, we're taking a look at a letter from the archives. > Read more

May 20, 2013

Q&A with Dr. Susan Braden

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We're exploring Dr. Susan Braden's lecture topic, Henry Flagler and Henry Plant's luxurious Gilded Age resorts in Florida. > Read more

May 15, 2013

Party Like It's 1888

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Our upcoming evening event featuring The Great Gatsby (1974) has us reminiscing about another grand party that took place years ago in our Gilded Age mansion. > Read more

May 07, 2013

The Burnham Plan and the End of McCormickville

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How Daniel H. Burnham's vision of Chicago as the City Beautiful changed the neighborhood surrounding the Driehaus Museum. > Read more

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August 15, 2014
Remaining Relevant: A look at Washington’s Fascinating House Museums

Washington's most fascinating house museums allow visitors to relive history. Most historical house museums today have successfully evolved with the times and have made great strides in historical preservation. These museums are thriving, boosted in part by advances in the field, as well as growing appreciation for preservation among the general public.
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July 11, 2014
New York's Historic Carnegie Mansion: Renovated and Re-imagined

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Announces Dec. 12, 2014 Opening of Renovated Carnegie Mansion and Opening Exhibitions. Read more

Featured Program

Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11

Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more

Featured Program

Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17

Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticello returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30

Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more