Hours and Admission

We look forward to welcoming you to the Driehaus Museum. Located just steps away from the hustle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Museum immerses visitors in Gilded Age-era decorative arts, design, and architecture, all in the culturally and historically significant setting of one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion.

Location

The Museum entrance is located at 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL, 60611 (View map)

For general information, call 312 482 8933, ext. 21 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hours

The Driehaus Museum is open to the public at the following times:

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Extended hours first and third Tuesdays, until 8 p.m.
Subject to availability.

Please Note: The Museum will be closed January 5-16, 2015 for annual repairs and deep-cleaning of the historic interiors.

The Museum is closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Admission

$20 Adult
$12.50 Senior (65+)
$10 Student with valid I.D.
$10 Youth (6-12 years)*

* Children five years and younger are free.

Accessibility

The Driehaus Museum is wheelchair accessible. Access to the building is via 50 E. Erie Street. For additional information or specific inquiries, please call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

For guests’ comfort, the Museum utilizes modern air conditioning and heating systems throughout the year. 

Photography

Photography is permitted at the Driehaus Museum, with the following conditions:

  • Photographs are for personal use only and may not be sold.
  • Only non-flash photography is permitted.
  • Large or bulky equipment, such as tripods, is not permitted.

 


Photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing.

Exhibitions

Louis Comfort Tiffany:
Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

One of America’s most celebrated artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. In September 2013, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum debuted its inaugural exhibition, devoted solely to this extraordinary artist's work.

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Featured Program

Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11

Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more

Featured Program

Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17

Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticelli returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30

Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more

Featured Program

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
Wednesday, November 12

Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will explore the history of Tiffany's glass and highlight some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. Read more

Featured Program

An Intimate Evening with Bach
Thursday November 13

Join us as award-winning and nationally celebrated Colombian-American cellist, Christine Lamprea makes her debut at performing J.S. Bach’s classic, Suite No. 6 together with an inspired medley of 20th-century compositions. Read more

Featured Program

Sounds of the Season
Saturday, November 22

Once again this year, period-dressed carolers treat passersby to their favorite holiday songs from the Museum's front porch. Stop by before making your way to the Magnificent Mile's Lights Festival! Read more

Featured Program

Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch
Saturday, December 6

Gather with family and friends for our first holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. Read more

Featured Program

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Cabaret
Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13

‘Tis the season to delight in the sensational vocal-stylings of acclaimed artist, David Edelfeldt. Together, he and Chicago’s favorite chanteuse, Becky McKenzie will perform winter and holiday favorites in their popular cabaret-style, while you enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Read more

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Santa Saturday 2
Saturdays, December 13 and 20

Celebrate the traditions of Gilded Age America that continue to make our winter holidays special! Read more

News

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Washington's most fascinating house museums allow visitors to relive history. Most historical house museums today have successfully evolved with the times and have made great strides in historical preservation. These museums are thriving, boosted in part by advances in the field, as well as growing appreciation for preservation among the general public.
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July 11, 2014
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