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

February 19, 2015
President Obama Designates Chicago's Pullman Historic District a National Monument

President Obama will visit the Pullman Historic District today to announce that the industrial site will become a National Monument, the first in Chicago. Read more

January 22, 2015
Cooper Hewitt Museum embraces a multifaceted identity.

Following an $81 million makeover, the Cooper Hewitt showcases objects that are both newfangled and elegantly refined, all housed within a Neo-Georgian manse. Read more

Featured Program

Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures
Saturday, February 21 and March 7

Join us for our first Book Club of the New Year. Read more

Featured Program

The Story Behind Selected Jewels
Thursday, March 19

Curator Elyse Zorn Karlin presents insights into the art jewelry genre. Read more

Featured Program

The Collection
Saturday, April 11

Join us for a lively discussion of The Collection which explores the glamorous world of haute couture through the eyes of a young girl working as a seamstress at one of the most intriguing fashion houses in history. Read more

Featured Program

Crab Tree Farm: Exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday, April 18

Join us this spring for a new travel tour which takes us to Lake Bluff, Illinois to visit Crab Tree Farm, a private estate with farm buildings that display Arts and Crafts collections in settings that have been purposely designed to reflect the aesthetics of the movement. Read more