Private Group Tours

For a truly memorable experience, reserve a private tour of the Driehaus Museum for family, friends, colleagues, or clients. Discover how beauty and luxury were defined during the Gilded Age as our experienced and knowledgeable guides lead your group through the magnificent interiors of Samuel M. Nickerson’s Marble Palace.

To make a group tour reservation including schools and universities, please call 312 482 8933, ext. 44 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). All reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance.

Highlights of the Museum Tour

Expert Museum guides lend insight into the Driehaus Museum’s history, architecture, and permanent collection as well as explore the highlights of the current exhibition. This introductory tour, ideal for first-time visitors, includes all three floors of the Museum and an opportunity to view the servants’ quarters.

Tour Length: 60–75 minutes
Cost (per person, minimum 10 people):
$25 Adult
$17.50 Senior 65+
$10 Students with valid I.D.

Self-Guided Group Tours

To accomodate larger groups of 25 people or more, the Driehaus Museum offers self-guided tours of the Nickerson Mansion. Self-guided tours allow larger groups to discover the Museum at their own pace. After a welcome and introduction from a Museum guide, the group can leisurely explore the Museum’s three floors. Guides are available on each floor to answer questions. Private self-guided tours must be booked in advance.

Tour Length: 30–60 minutes
Cost (per person, minimum 10 people):
$20 Adult
$12.50 Senior 65+
$10 Students with valid I.D.

Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

Explore Chicago’s River North District, a neighborhood formerly known as McCormickville. With intriguing anecdotes, visits to surviving magnificent residences, and exclusive historical photographs, Chicago historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach illuminates the lives of the industrial businessmen, entangled families, notable public figures, and artists that once populated the area surrounding the Driehaus Museum.

Tour Length: 75 minutes
Cost (per person, minimum 10 people):

An Evening at the Marble Palace

Enjoy an exclusive, intimate experience combining a tour of the magnificent interiors of the Driehaus Museum and the delectable cuisine prepared by the Museum’s exclusive event partner Parties & Special Events by Lettuce Entertain You.

Evening Twilight Tours provide a unique opportunity to experience the historic Nickerson Mansion after public hours. Guests will enjoy a private guided tour that concludes with a reception in the historic Ballroom.

To schedule An Evening at the Marble Palace and discuss catering packages and prices, please call 312-482-8933, ext. 22 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

An Evening at the Marble Palace must have a minimum of 20 (maximum of 40) guests.


Photo by Alexander Vertikoff.


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