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.
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The collection and exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883.

We will be closed until January 19 for annual conservation and deep cleaning. See you on the 20th!
01/08/2024

We will be closed until January 19 for annual conservation and deep cleaning. See you on the 20th!

This is the last weekend to see Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs, to enjoy the festive holiday decor, an...
01/06/2024

This is the last weekend to see Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs, to enjoy the festive holiday decor, and to shop the Store for 50% off Christmas merch.

Thank you to for a magical Drie-cember.

Photographs by Robin Subar.

01/05/2024

Meet artist Taylor Bates () and her interpretation of Tiffany glass at Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs. Closing on Sunday!

"Hi, my name is Taylor Bates, and the name of my company is Dusk Lily Floral. I'm born and raised in Chicago
and I got my start at Asrai Garden. I was working there and I learned everything and I fell in love with it.

This one, I called “Untitled”or “The Divine Feminine” because it gives me an elegant feel. And then that’s the vibe that the room it gives this in the entire house, really,

I love doing installations. First of all, it's my favorite part of floral design, doing things on a larger scale. So these are all dried and preserved flowers.

I'm using a majority of plumosa. I’m using baby's breath, and then I'll be using some preserved roses.

The colors [of the Tiffany pieces], I think are very bold. Noticing small things that maybe everyone wouldn't notice...I love that about all of the pieces."

Photos by Alex Brescanu, Brian Griffin, Jacqueline Krejnik-Ryan, Robin Subar, and Michael Tropea.

Happy New Year! May your 2024 be abloom with light, color, and hope.Tiffany StudiosDecorated Floriform Vasec. 1917Favril...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! May your 2024 be abloom with light, color, and hope.

Tiffany Studios
Decorated Floriform Vase
c. 1917
Favrile glass
Bequest of Richard H. Driehaus

Photograhy by Michael Tropea.

Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, which celebrates Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, co...
12/26/2023

Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, which celebrates Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

We celebrated a few days early with the African American Museum of Performing Arts (AAMPA Museum) who performed in our Ballroom.

Photograph by Robin Subar

Merry Christmas from the Driehaus Museum!Poinsettia Table LampTiffany Studios,  c. 1910Collection of The Richard H. Drie...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the Driehaus Museum!

Poinsettia Table Lamp
Tiffany Studios, c. 1910
Collection of The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Photograph by Alex Brescanu

Celebrate the Driehaus Museum this holiday season with this tree ornament of our Main Hall marble staircase. Last minute...
12/22/2023

Celebrate the Driehaus Museum this holiday season with this tree ornament of our Main Hall marble staircase. Last minute shoppers who are members get an extra 5% Saturday, December 23!

12/21/2023

Meet artist John Caleb Pendleton and his interpretation of Tiffany glass at Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs.

Photography by Alex Brescanu, Brian Griffin, Jacqueline Krejnik-Ryan, and Robin Subar




In the 1880s, the Nickersons' art collection was estimable. They had their own bespoke art gallery and the Chicago Daily...
12/20/2023

In the 1880s, the Nickersons' art collection was estimable. They had their own bespoke art gallery and the Chicago Daily Tribune called "one of the most interesting galleries in the city." Their art was not contained to the gallery alone, however, and here you can see how it lined the marble halls of the Second Floor. After they left Chicago, the Nickersons donated much of their collection to The Art Institute of Chicago.

Contemporary photograph by John Faier

12/15/2023

Meet artist Serena Madrigal and her interpretation of Tiffany glass at Glass to Garden: Tiffany Inspired Floral Designs.

Photography by Alex Brescanu, Brian Griffin, Robin Subar, and Michael Tropea.

12/14/2023

Dust is a museum's great enemy, and a daily tussle. Thanks to our Collections and Exhibitions team, the ivories of our Chickering piano are... ivory once again.

12/13/2023

Happy Drie-cember!💥

Our monthlong celebration continues this Saturday with St. Lucia Day songs with Swedish American Museum and our Museum Store Trunk Show, featuring one-of-a-kind treasures.

Scenes from last week's Gilded Gala in our newly restored Murphy Auditorium. Philanthropist, activist, preservationist, ...
12/08/2023

Scenes from last week's Gilded Gala in our newly restored Murphy Auditorium.
Philanthropist, activist, preservationist, booster, mentor, and leader, Sunny Fischer was the honoree and put it best: "Art is more important than ever...at its core it connects us to the human experience, to the possibilities of life, to hope."
Photo 3- Sunny Fischer
Photo 4-Gala Co-Chairs Gary Metzner (left), Zach Lazar (right) and Driehaus Museum Executive Director, Lisa Key
Photographs by Jeremy Lawson.

Happy Hannukah from the Driehaus Museum! 🕎Drie-cember continues this Saturday, December 7th, with a Hanukkah celebration...
12/07/2023

Happy Hannukah from the Driehaus Museum! 🕎

Drie-cember continues this Saturday, December 7th, with a Hanukkah celebration featuring Music Institute of Chicago from 4:00-4:45! It's free with admission.

For more information, visit: https://ow.ly/xfwx50QfOG0

Over the years, the Nickerson Mansion has undergone extensive restoration work. These images illustrate the building's i...
12/06/2023

Over the years, the Nickerson Mansion has undergone extensive restoration work. These images illustrate the building's incredible glow up.🌟

Built from limestone and sandstone, the 1883 Mansion testified to Chicago's hopeful new beginning after the massive destruction of the Great Chicago Fire. Today restoration work is underway again, as we merge the historic 1926 Murphy Auditorium with the Nickerson Mansion.

Our book, "An American Palace," is a must-buy for anyone curious for more information about the Mansion's restoration: https://ow.ly/AhrJ50QfcNE
Image Credits: Alexander Vertikoff, 2014.

Happy Drie-cember! What better way to kick it off than with Santa Saturday, tomorrow?! 🎅 To reserve: https://ow.ly/Z58s5...
12/01/2023

Happy Drie-cember! What better way to kick it off than with Santa Saturday, tomorrow?! 🎅 To reserve: https://ow.ly/Z58s50QcHt1

Then, at 4pm, join us for caroling with St. James Cathedral, Chicago Youth Choir. That's free with admission.

11/24/2023

'Tis the season! See what's in store in our Store!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Driehaus Museum! 🦃
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from the Driehaus Museum! 🦃

The Driehaus Museum's Gilded Gala is Thursday, November 30! 🌟 This year's honoree is Sunny Fischer, who has dedicated he...
11/22/2023

The Driehaus Museum's Gilded Gala is Thursday, November 30! 🌟 This year's honoree is Sunny Fischer, who has dedicated her career to the arts, historic preservation, and improving the quality of life for those around her.

Fischer is the former Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Director of the Chicago/Cook County Welfare Reform Task Force, and co-founder and current Interim Director of The Chicago Foundation for Women. She also serves on the boards of the National Public Housing Museum (where she is Board Chair and was also a founder), Futures Without Violence, the Demetra and Eric Vassilatos Foundation, and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

Join us as we honor and commemorate Sunny's myriad contributions. For more information, visit https://driehausmuseum.org/gilded-gala.

Drie-cember starts a few days early at the Driehaus Museum! Get a head start on the holidays this Wednesday. We're open ...
11/20/2023

Drie-cember starts a few days early at the Driehaus Museum! Get a head start on the holidays this Wednesday. We're open 11am-3 pm.

The Driehaus Museum has many faces hidden in plain sight, among them this one, on a Victorian side chair in our Dining R...
11/17/2023

The Driehaus Museum has many faces hidden in plain sight, among them this one, on a Victorian side chair in our Dining Room. Though not original to the Nickerson Mansion, its fanciful face and foliage carvings perfectly complement the richly carved cornucopia throughout the Dining Room.
Object Information: Unknown Artist, Victorian Side Chair. Late 19th century. Carved walnut. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Image Credit: Steve Hall Photography

Before there was "The Gilded Age," there was "Downton Abbey."    to our 2016 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘯™: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘢...
11/16/2023

Before there was "The Gilded Age," there was "Downton Abbey." to our 2016 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘯™: 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 exhibition, which revealed the historical, social, and artistic context behind the gorgeous costumes worn by the Crawley family, their social set, and the staff who made their rather fabulous lives possible.

Photographs by Michael Monar

Many visitors have observed that our 1926 Murphy Auditorium looks like a church. There's a good reason for it. Architect...
11/15/2023

Many visitors have observed that our 1926 Murphy Auditorium looks like a church. There's a good reason for it. Architects Benjamin Marshall and Charles Fox modeled it after La Chapelle Notre Dame de Consolation in Paris, which was built in dedication to the lives claimed by an 1897 fire on the same site.

Marshall was also the architect on Chicago's Iroquois Theatre that went up in flames in 1903 and saw 600 lives lost, a tragic event that is said to have haunted Marshall the rest of his life.
Image Credit: Wikipedia

Happy  ! On Saturday, November 11, active and retired members of the military and their families receive free admission ...
11/11/2023

Happy ! On Saturday, November 11, active and retired members of the military and their families receive free admission to the Museum.

On Wednesday, November 15, explore five of the luxe residences and lavish interiors of Gilded Age New York with Phillip ...
11/10/2023

On Wednesday, November 15, explore five of the luxe residences and lavish interiors of Gilded Age New York with Phillip James Dodd in partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Tickets: https://ow.ly/RL4M50Q5Xqf

Image: Ceiling at the James Burdon Mansion. By Jonathan Wallen, from The Gilded Age - An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City

📣Exhibition Announcement!Opening November 30, 2023 𝙂𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣: 𝙏𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙨 This exhibition will...
11/09/2023

📣Exhibition Announcement!
Opening November 30, 2023
𝙂𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣: 𝙏𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙨

This exhibition will showcase commissioned floral design installations from local floral designers in dialogue with work by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Cronin, the owner of Chicago’s Asrai Garden
—and widely known as one of the judges on HBO Max’s competition program, “Full Bloom”—who has selected both the participating floral designers and the Tiffany objects on view.

𝘎𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 will run until January 7, 2024.

Pictured Designers:
Elizabethcronin - Asrai Garden
Angélica Rivera Varela - Semillas
John Caleb Pendleton - Planks & pistils
Serena Madrigal
Taylor Amilas


Image Credit: Jacqueline Krejnik-Ryan





11/08/2023

On November 30, join us for the Gilded Gala, a celebration of the Museum's 15th anniversary and an evening dedicated to supporting education programs at the Driehaus Museum. This year, we are honoring Sunny Fischer for her dedication to preservation, philanthropy, and supporting change throughout Chicago.

Reserve tickets here: https://ow.ly/K5e850Q5hqx

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