October 29, 2012

Ghoulies, Ghosties & Long-Legged Beasties: Horror Fiction of the Victorian Era


The Victorian era was the golden age of the ghost story. We asked Bradley Deane, associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota Morris, to share a few spooky favorites from the period—all with an art twist. > Read more

October 25, 2012

Q&A with Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio


Read on for a Q&A with Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, the final speaker of the 2012 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series who explored the decorative metals of the Aesthetic Movement last week. > Read more

October 22, 2012

119 Years since 1893: A Visit to Jackson Park


Although little of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition remains, a few lovingly reconstructed gems do still stand in Chicago's Jackson Park. > Read more

October 15, 2012

After the Fire, Quarries Dynamited


Musician Katherine Young explains the intricate inspirations underlying the work she composed and performed, during Open House Chicago, inside the Driehaus Museum. > Read more

October 10, 2012

Out at Last: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871


This morning marks the end of the two-day blaze that destroyed about four miles of early Chicago. > Read more

October 04, 2012

You Asked: Didn't This Building Used to be Black?


Part of the Museum’s mission is to champion the ideals of preservation. Here’s a look at one of the most impressive parts of our award-winning restoration of 2003–2008: cleaning a crust of pollutants from the sandstone exterior. > Read more


September 13, 2016
‘Giant Gems of the Smithsonian’ Now Open in Dallas

The exhibition opened last Friday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and includes a 56-carat amethyst necklace circa 1915 by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read more

August 13, 2016
The National Historic Preservation Act Commemorates 50 Years

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the NHPA into law on October 15, 1966, to encourage Americans to identify and preserve our nation’s cultural and historic resources. Read more

Featured Program

Santa Saturdays 2017
Saturdays, December 2, 9, and 16

Art projects, lively story time, and sing-a-longs provide fun for the entire family. Don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa Claus! Read more

Featured Program

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch 2017
Sunday, December 10

Gather with family and friends to enjoy a lovely brunch including a Prosecco toast, elaborate buffet, and live music. In the spirit of the season, tables will be shared. Read more