May 12, 2016

Driehaus Museum Announces 2016 Spring and Summer Exhibitions and Programs

Driehaus Museum Announces 2016 Spring and Summer Exhibitions and Programs

CHICAGO, May 12, 2016 – The Driehaus Museum presents fascinating exhibitions, lectures, tours, and more! Spring and Summer 2016 offerings are as follows:

SPECIAL EXHIBITION FINAL DAYS: Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times (closes May 29): Now is the time to view this very popular exhibition before it leaves Chicago. Featuring over 35 costumes from the hit television series Downton Abbey®, the exhibition is in its final month at the Museum. A limited number of daily walk-in tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

NEW EXHIBITION OPENS JUNE 25: With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age This special exhibition features over 70 original drawings from Puck, the pioneering magazine of the Gilded Age which sought to change the world through the power of laughter in its cartoons by satirizing daily life and politics. Advance tickets are not required.

Highlights of the Museum Guided Tours: Starting Tuesday, May 31, the Driehaus Museum will again offer daily, one-hour guided tours highlighting the history of the Nickerson Mansion, the Museum’s collections, and beginning June 25, an overview of the special exhibition, With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. Tours are available daily at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Advance reservations are not required.

Walking Tour: Lasting Legacies: The Grandes Dames of McCormickville (Saturdays beginning May 14): This popular walking tour illustrates seven civic-minded, entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious area of Chicago known as McCormickville, the historic neighborhood that once surrounded the Driehaus Museum. 

Walking Tour: Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Tour (Saturdays, beginning May 14): Spend an afternoon exploring the rich and varied history of Chicago’s River North district, the neighborhood formerly known as McCormickville. Tour includes intriguing anecdotes, stops to view surviving buildings, and exclusive historical photographs.

Travel Tour: Encounters with Asian Art (Saturdays, June 4 or June 11): By popular request, the Driehaus Museum’s next travel tour is heading to Libertyville, IL to visit the MacLean Collection of Asian art with a behind the scenes tour led by Dr. Richard A. Pegg, the collection’s Director and Curator of Asian Art. Tour includes lunch and a visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for a tram tour of the beautiful grounds paying particular attention to the 17-acre lakeside Japanese Garden.

Lecture: Chicago’s Leading Ladies: The Women Who Left a Lasting Legacy to the City of Chicago (Tuesday, June 14): Discover the civic-minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhoods of Prairie Avenue, McCormickville, and the Gold Coast with Chicago historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach.

Tour: Helped Wanted: The Summer Servants’ Tour (Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning July 6): The Museum’s popular summer Servants’ Tour returns for another season! During this interactive living history tour, guests explore the Nickerson Mansion’s servants’ quarters as they discover what life was like for American servants during the Gilded Age, and how the Nickerson family’s real servants would have cared for their distinguished employers.

For more upcoming programs, including exhibition-related events and guided tours, please visit

About the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection. The Museum features changing exhibitions, pubic programs, and a Museum Store inspired by this national treasure. For more information, visit

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611

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