June 29, 2012

Best of Independence Day: The Gilded Age Edition

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Looking back at a Gilded Age’s worth of Fourth of July celebrations in Chicago, here are some of the best (and worst) moments between the Civil and First World Wars. > Read more

June 25, 2012

A Tour of the World's Fair: Decorative Objects from the 1893 Columbian Exposition

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Some of the decorative objects that debuted at the fair are displayed today in the Driehaus Museum's collection. > Read more

June 14, 2012

Below America's Stairs: Domestic Servants in the Gilded Age

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How could a live-in servant system like what we see in Downton Abbey survive in such an individualistic, capitalistic, and optimistic nation? > Read more

June 06, 2012

America's Endangered Places

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of 11 endangered historic sites today, which includes several Yosemite Valley bridges and Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia. > Read more

June 02, 2012

You Asked: What Was Mrs. Nickerson Like?

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Although Mr. Nickerson’s likeness is portrayed in our historic photograph gallery, visitors wonder about the lady of the house. > Read more

News

January 27, 2016
Winner of the 2016 Driehaus Prize Announced

Scott Merrill has been awarded this year's Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Architecture Read more

January 04, 2016
Book Your Tea Experience Today

Complement your visit to the special exhibition Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times with a unique tea experience. Read more

Featured Program

Mix & Mingle at the Movies: The General
Saturday, February 27

An evening for those film buffs who have an appreciation for the silent film era as we show the 1926 movie, The General. Read more

Featured Program

Author Encounters: Carol Wallace
Saturday, March 5

Author Carol Wallace comes to the Museum to discuss her book, To Marry an English Lord, an account that inspired the Downton Abbey character, Lady Cora. Read more