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

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

June 19, 2014
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection exhibition has been extended!

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is pleased to announce the extension of its exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection through January 4, 2015. Read more

Featured Program

Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturdays, May 3 through November 15

Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. Read more

Featured Program

Tiffany Girls Studio Tour
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 through September 1

Sneak into the “studio” with Tiffany designers Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18

The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Read more

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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