Go Back in Time: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

on March 14, 2019


If you would like to experience a little culture, one Windy City museum might be exactly what you are looking for this weekend.

Located at 40 East Erie Street on Chicago’s North Side, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is located inside of the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker.

While the house has undergone major restorations, the Driehaus Museum does not attempt to recapture the Nickerson era, but instead follows its own interpretation of design and architecture.

The interiors of the house are furnished with marble, onyx, exotic woods, glazed tiles and, of course, the stained glass that it is most known for. The museum displays original furnishings from its previous owner along with other American and European artwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the works are from Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The Moorish-inspired décor and the period furniture offer a great window into how Chicago’s elite lived at the turn of the 20th century. The museum is named after its founder, Chicago businessman, philanthropist and art collector Richard H. Driehaus.

The Driehaus Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Guided tours are recommended, and tickets should be purchased in advance as they sell out quickly.

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