The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th century to the present. The collection and exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883.
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Did you know that members receive 15% off in our Museum Store? Of course, members also always receive free admission.Vis...
11/11/2019

Did you know that members receive 15% off in our Museum Store? Of course, members also always receive free admission.

Visit driehausmuseum.org/support to learn more about becoming a member today.

OPEN NOW - Learn about the stories behind the windows at the Driehaus Museum's current exhibition, "Eternal Light: The S...
11/08/2019

OPEN NOW - Learn about the stories behind the windows at the Driehaus Museum's current exhibition, "Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany."

This early ecclesiastical triptych window was designed by Frederick Wilson, Tiffany's principal figural window designer. In the center, Christ is surrounded by eleven of his twelve apostles, who are standing or kneeling on a tiled terrace within the Garden of Gethsemane.

Tickets available at DriehausMuseum.org

Image: Tiffany Glass Company (American, 1885-1892), designed by Frederick Wilson (American, born Ireland, 1858-1932). Christ and the Apostles, ca. 1890. Leaded and enameled glass. The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago, 40012.a. Photograph by Michael Tropea, 2018.

#everywindowtellsastory #eternallighttiffany #tiffanystainedglass #driehausmuseum #chicago #museumexhibition

The Driehaus Museum will be participating in Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 19. Admission will be free, however...
10/15/2019
Open House Chicago

The Driehaus Museum will be participating in Open House Chicago on Saturday, October 19.

Admission will be free, however, only the first-floor period galleries will be accessible to guests. There will be no access to the current exhibition.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago is a FREE annual festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings.

There are just a few tickets remaining for tomorrow's collaborative program with The Joffrey Ballet!More information and...
10/09/2019
A Novel Experience: The Joffrey Ballet's Jane Eyre | Driehaus Museum

There are just a few tickets remaining for tomorrow's collaborative program with The Joffrey Ballet!

More information and tickets below!

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

NEXT THURSDAY - The Driehaus Museum is proud to partner with The Joffrey Ballet for this unique book club experience to ...
10/03/2019
A Novel Experience: The Joffrey Ballet's Jane Eyre | Driehaus Museum

NEXT THURSDAY - The Driehaus Museum is proud to partner with The Joffrey Ballet for this unique book club experience to tell the coming-of-age story of Jane Eyre.

How is a beloved, 19th-century novel adapted into a modern ballet? A special opportunity awaits you as the Joffrey’s Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Choreographer Cathy Marston along with literary expert Jennifer Conary explore how choreography, stage setting, and music bring Charlotte Brontë‘s iconic Jane Eyre to life. Tickets below.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

Visit driehausmuseum.org/programs for information on all of our fall and holiday events and programs. Ballet, Tiffany, c...
09/28/2019

Visit driehausmuseum.org/programs for information on all of our fall and holiday events and programs. Ballet, Tiffany, concerts, and a tipsy history of the Chicago flag are just some of what we have in store!

Photograph by Mariah Karson

CLOSING SOON - You may want to put your feet up this weekend but don't miss your chance to see the final days of the Dri...
09/27/2019

CLOSING SOON - You may want to put your feet up this weekend but don't miss your chance to see the final days of the Driehaus Museum's inaugural contemporary art exhibition featuring Yinka Shonibare CBE.

Photograph by Michael Tropea

So much to see at the Driehaus Museum this weekend! A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship Pop-Up Exhibition on th...
09/20/2019

So much to see at the Driehaus Museum this weekend! A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship Pop-Up Exhibition on the Museum’s 3rd floor and at EXPO CHICAGO, Booth #142. Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany is currently on view in our exhibition galleries on the second and third floors. Finally – DON’T MISS your chance to see A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE before it leaves on September 29. Shonibare’s work is displayed in the first-floor period galleries.
#expochicago #expochicago2019 #ataleoftoday #yinkashonibare #eternallighttiffany #chicagoculture

Proud to be exhibiting our “A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows” at #expochicago See what these talented artists ha...
09/19/2019

Proud to be exhibiting our “A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows” at #expochicago

See what these talented artists have been working on at booth #142.
#ataleoftoday #fellowship #emergingartist #expochicago2019 #driehausmuseum

Thank you WTTW - Chicago PBS for this thoughtful piece on our new exhibition!
09/18/2019
At the Driehaus Museum, a Chance to Look at Old Material in a New Light

Thank you WTTW - Chicago PBS for this thoughtful piece on our new exhibition!

Louis Comfort Tiffany led an all-star team of artists and designers who could create almost anything out of glass: lamps, jewelry, mosaics and also artwork of a spiritual nature. We visit the exhibit “Eternal Light.”

Last Thursday the Driehaus Museum hosted its annual gala and celebrated our 2019 Honoree, Bulley & Andrews for everythin...
09/17/2019

Last Thursday the Driehaus Museum hosted its annual gala and celebrated our 2019 Honoree, Bulley & Andrews for everything they have done for the Museum and the City of Chicago. Everyone who encounters the Museum is quickly reminded how exemplary and lasting their work here was.

Thank you to Bulley & Andrews and everyone who joined us for their continued support of the important work of the Museum as we explore art, architecture, and design from this magnificent building.

The Driehaus Museum will offer free admission tomorrow in celebration of Chicago's Historic Water Tower's 150th year.Sto...
09/13/2019

The Driehaus Museum will offer free admission tomorrow in celebration of Chicago's Historic Water Tower's 150th year.

Stop by the museum tomorrow to experience our new exhibition, Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Photo by: Michael Tropea

09/12/2019

We will close early, at 3 p.m., today to prepare for our annual gala.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum's cover photo
09/10/2019

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum's cover photo

OPENING TOMORROW - Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort TiffanyTiffany’s masterpieces tell s...
09/06/2019

OPENING TOMORROW - Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Tiffany’s masterpieces tell stories of American entrepreneurship, of places of worship as community incubators, and of our country’s evolving relationship to religion.

More at http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/eternallight/

Image: Tiffany Studios, American (1902-1932), designed by Frederick Wilson (American, born Ireland, 1858-1932). Ecclesiastical Angels (Angels of Peace and Mercy), 1905. Leaded and enameled glass. The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago, 40016. Photograph by Michael Tropea, 2018.

OPENING SATURDAY - Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany is not only about beautiful ...
09/03/2019

OPENING SATURDAY - Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany is not only about beautiful objects exceptionally crafted; it is also about the ideas and stories behind the windows: progressive technologies, designers, and patrons.

This window was originally installed at St. John's Episcopal Church in Jersey City, NJ as a memorial for Abram and Mary Rapelye. Designed by Agnes Northrop, the foremost female artist at Tiffany Studios, the window depicts clusters of brilliant red poppies and violet passionflowers in rich jewel-like tones of opalescent glass.

Image: Tiffany Studios, American (1902-1932), designed by Agnes Northrop (American, 1857-1953). Poppies and Passion Flowers, Rapelye Memorial Window, ca. 1915. Lead glass. The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago, 40006. Photograph by Michael Tropea, 2018.

#everywindowtellsastory #eternallighttiffany #tiffanystainedglass #driehausmuseum #exhibition #churchwindows

This weekend is your last chance to see the Driehaus Museum's "Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World's Fair o...
08/09/2019

This weekend is your last chance to see the Driehaus Museum's "Treasures from the White City: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893."

Beginning August 13, a condensed version of "A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE" will be presented exclusively in our first-floor, period galleries while installation of our fall exhibition begins in our second-floor galleries.

Don't miss your chance to see these exhibitions before they are gone!

Last two photographs by Michael Tropea.

Today on the blog - Learn more about two of our A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows, Darrell McKinney and Luis Rodr...
07/26/2019
A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship - Darrell McKinney and Luis Rodríguez Rosario | Driehaus Museum

Today on the blog - Learn more about two of our A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows, Darrell McKinney and Luis Rodríguez Rosario

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

"'A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE' inaugurates the Driehaus Museum’s exhibition series spotlighting the work of con...
07/23/2019
Art in America

"'A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE' inaugurates the Driehaus Museum’s exhibition series spotlighting the work of contemporary artists of color, an exciting new direction for this Gilded Age mansion–turned–museum, whose programming has focused largely on art and design from the home’s original era."

Lauren DeLand on Yinka Shonibare at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum on view through September 29 bit.ly/2LAOoUl

We were thrilled to host students from @chicagoacademyforthearts at the Museum recently. We have a feeling these talente...
07/10/2019

We were thrilled to host students from @chicagoacademyforthearts at the Museum recently.

We have a feeling these talented artists have a lot more museums in their future!
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• @chicagoacademyforthearts More pictures from the Visual Arts Summer Program! Check out some of the work from these talented 7th and 8th graders, and a few shots from their visit to the Driehaus Museum.

#SmartArtistsSmartArt
#CAArts
#ArtMatters

Today on the blog: The Driehaus Museum's A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows reflect on the events of the opening w...
07/08/2019
Reflections on Opening Weekend | Driehaus Museum

Today on the blog: The Driehaus Museum's A Tale of Today: Emerging Artist Fellows reflect on the events of the opening weekend of A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, four months ago. The event marked the museum's inaugural contemporary art exhibition and the announcement of the Fellowship.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

The Driehaus Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4th to allow our staff to enjoy the holiday with friends and family...
07/02/2019

The Driehaus Museum will be closed on Thursday, July 4th to allow our staff to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. We will reopen with regular hours on Friday, July 5th.
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Pictured: View of oriel window in the museum’s second floor galleries.
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Happy Pride Weekend, Chicago!#pride #chicagopride #museumpride #pridematters #chicagomuseum
06/28/2019

Happy Pride Weekend, Chicago!
#pride #chicagopride #museumpride #pridematters #chicagomuseum

This beautiful crowd showed up last night to hear from @brittneyleeannewilliams and @jefflymolina. Hearing them speak ab...
06/12/2019

This beautiful crowd showed up last night to hear from @brittneyleeannewilliams and @jefflymolina. Hearing them speak about their backgrounds and what inspires them made for a wonderful conversation, led by @kekelisumah. Thank you to everyone who made it out! 🙏
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#ataleoftodayfellowship #ataleoftoday #driehausmuseum #emergingartists #chicagoartists

Get to know two of the artists in the inaugural class of our A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship at the link be...
06/10/2019
A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship - Brittney Leeanne Williams & Jeffly Gabriela Molina | Driehaus Museum

Get to know two of the artists in the inaugural class of our A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship at the link below.

Meet them and hear them talk about their work with Curatorial Fellow Kekeli Sumah at the Museum tomorrow evening. Register here - https://bit.ly/2ItcKeQ

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

Today, the Driehaus Museum is proud to officially announce a new fellowship program, A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists F...
06/07/2019
Fellowship | Driehaus Museum

Today, the Driehaus Museum is proud to officially announce a new fellowship program, A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship. The program, made possible by The Joyce Foundation, engages with four Chicago-based ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists to promote their careers and expand their networks using the Museum’s resources and its home, the Nickerson Mansion, as a springboard. More at the link below.
http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibition/yinkashonibarecbe/fellowship

Don't miss A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, on view through September 29.“It wasn’t just about trying to diversify ...
06/06/2019
The Driehaus Museum Ushers in Its Contemporary Art Series with Yinka Shonibare CBE

Don't miss A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, on view through September 29.

“It wasn’t just about trying to diversify and expand,” explains Executive Director Richard P. Townsend, “but opening the door to making a real difference in the community...”

Known for its Gilded Age glamour, the Driehaus Museum embraces its edgy side with an envelope-pushing new contemporary art program.

One of the most popular features of the museum is the stained glass dome in the Maher Gallery. The Nickerson Mansion’s s...
06/04/2019

One of the most popular features of the museum is the stained glass dome in the Maher Gallery. The Nickerson Mansion’s second owners, the Fishers, commissioned famed Prairie School architect George Washington Maher to redesign the Gallery which included the addition of the dome. Contrary to popular believe, the piece is not actually attributed to Tiffany but the firm of Giannini & Hilgart.

Our Object of the Month is Saint Cecilia by Sidney Harold Meteyard. Currently on display in the Drawing Room, Saint Ceci...
06/01/2019

Our Object of the Month is Saint Cecilia by Sidney Harold Meteyard. Currently on display in the Drawing Room, Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was a popular subject in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, photography, and stained-glass windows. Usually depicted with an organ, lilies, and an angel attendant, Saint Cecilia represented the perfect Victorian woman: virtuous and musically accomplished.
#victorianart #victorian #saintcecilia #gildedage #gildedageart #decorativearts #19thcenturyart

At our June Family Day, young artists will learn how to make a necklace, pin, bracelet or key chain out of the same Dutc...
05/29/2019
Family Day: Art Makers workshop—Ankara Accessories! | Driehaus Museum

At our June Family Day, young artists will learn how to make a necklace, pin, bracelet or key chain out of the same Dutch wax fabric that Yinka Shonibare CBE uses in his sculptures.
Tickets available below.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

Join us this Saturday at 1 p.m. for our first Streetville Walking Tour. Learn how the neighborhood got its name as well ...
05/28/2019
Streeterville Walking Tour | Driehaus Museum

Join us this Saturday at 1 p.m. for our first Streetville Walking Tour. Learn how the neighborhood got its name as well as other hidden secrets and exciting tales! Tickets below.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The Museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.”

What an eye! When the museum first opened to the public in 2008, the renowned architectural photography firm, Hedrich Bl...
05/18/2019

What an eye! When the museum first opened to the public in 2008, the renowned architectural photography firm, Hedrich Blessing was selected to take the first images of the newly restored building. This shot is taken from the Drawing Room and captures the ebonized wood of the Library leading into the Maher Gallery with its Art Nouveau fireplace surround.
#MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2019 #PhotoMW
Photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008.

Through our current exhibition, A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, we are exploring different ways to look at the Gil...
05/17/2019

Through our current exhibition, A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE, we are exploring different ways to look at the Gilded Age. Shonibare draws on history, politics, and fashion to explore and critique our understanding of the past. His work creates compelling juxtapositions that reveal new perspectives on both the art and its opulent 1883 setting.
#MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2019 #ExploreMW
Image - Yinka Shonibare CBE (British/Nigerian, b. 1962) Party Time: Re-imagine America (detail), 2009. Fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, leather boots, table, eight chairs, and other mixed-media. Collection of the Newark Museum, Purchase 2010 Helen McMahon Brady Cutting Fund. 2010.5.1-66. Photograph by Michael Tropea at the Driehaus Museum, 2019.

At only 9.5 inches tall, this colorful vase may be small, but it is mighty! The iridescent favrile glass vase, created b...
05/16/2019

At only 9.5 inches tall, this colorful vase may be small, but it is mighty! The iridescent favrile glass vase, created by Tiffany c. 1898, changes from brilliant shades of blue, purple, and green, depending upon how the light hits, while the silver wire mount, designed by Edward Colonna, encloses orange and yellow enamel. #MuseumWeek #MuseumWeek2019 #RainbowMW

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