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Kudos to the staff as well. It was very busy and yet they all managed to be friendly, courteous and helpful.—April 2016

Visited the Driehaus to see the Dressing Downton Exhibit and was pleasantly surprised to see such a beautiful, well preserved gilded age mansion in the middle of downtown Chicago.—March 2016

Marvelous ambiance in an historic building, with food and drink that compared favorably with afternoon tea we have experienced in London and the Lake District.—February 2016

If you are a fashionista, an anglophile, history buff, or a fan of the popular Downton Abbey, this exhibit is a must see! The costumes are gorgeous and the Driehaus Museum, a perfectly restored mansion of the Victorian/Edwardian age is the perfect setting. There are beautiful sculptures, Tiffany glass, ornate furniture and luxurious surroundings with perfectly complement the period costumes.—February 2016

The docents both times were excellent, informative, but not too pedantic; and they set an appropriate pace for the tour. The house itself, once known as the Marble Palace, is gorgeous, and the period furnishings, although not all original, are opulent and well-chosen. They also have a great gift shop! —Penny, April 2015

Excellent graphics, website, gallery flow - completely awesome! —Kate, April 2015

Fabulous gift to the public! Well done Maker & Muse, excellent historical story of jewelry makers and inspiration.— April 2015

Walk in and enter a new realm of opulence and extravagance. Not only is the home the most beautifully restored mansion in Chicago but the art is spectacular! What a combination. Take the guided tour to hear and see all the wonders of the home and art. Kyle, our guide was the most professional and knowledgeable of any guide we have ever had in the US or Europe. We were in awe of this entire experience.— Patti, November 2014

We took the tour of the Driehaus Museum and it was worth it. Learned a lot, our guide was a recent art history major from Northwestern Univ. and she had lots of information and enthusiasm. It is beautifully restored quite a window to that Gilded era. — Teresita, August 2014

Extraordinary example of a lost culture, the house itself is as much a work of art as the collections it contains. You are transported to the late 19th century American Dream. Well worth the time and minimal additional fee for the staff led tour. —Melinda, July 2014

A remarkable restoration of the Nickerson mansion. I loved all the period furniture and lavish interiors. The house really allowed me to see how the rich lived during the late 19th century. The Tiffany glass was amazing to see and learn about during the audio tour. A must see in Chicago. —Jamie, June 2014

What a delight it was to tour the Driehaus museum located 2 blocks from north Michigan avenue. . The house is from the late 1800’s build after the Chicago fire. Our guide was outstanding. We loved everything about. It is a Chicago treasure. —Dick and Jackie, February 2014

This was a perfect way to spend a couple of hours on a cold winter’s day. The house is beautifully restored and the current Tiffany exhibit within the house is excellent. I was too late for a guided tour, but I found the self-guided audio tour to be in depth and the docents to be very knowledgeable and available. The opulence of the Age is quite staggering and very visible. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening visit and I would recommend it to those interested in the period.
— February 2014

Photo by John Faier.

Exhibitions

L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features approximately 50 posters by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha. The posters date from 1875 to 1910, the exuberant era in France known as the Belle Époque. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form.

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Featured Program

Saints & Sinners Walking Tour: Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice
Every Friday, June 2 - September 1

Explore the dichotic human struggle between Virtue and Vice with this new summer walking tour. Experience Chicago's storied past from a new perspective. Read more

Featured Program

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day
Friday, July 14

This year, in honor of our special exhibition L’Affichomonia, join us to celebrate the liberation of France! This family-friendly afternoon includes live music, sweet bits, and activities for kids. Read more

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Travel Tour: Crab Tree Farm & Ragdale: Explore Chicago’s Arts and Crafts Movement
Friday, August 18

Our summer travel tour takes us back to the ever-popular Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff as well as Howard Van Doren Shaw’s former summer estate, Ragdale. Read more

News

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