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The Driehaus Museum was founded by the Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus in 2003. The museum is housed in the former home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson, and underwent a five-year restoration before becoming the museum. The museum offers original furnishings and historic pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine Arts. The Driehaus Museum also features an extensive collection of fine furnishing from the turn of the 19th century into the new millennium of the 20th century.

  • Nickerson the original owner of the Mansion which houses the museum.

Background on the house 

Originally home to banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson, the Driehaus Museum is a 19th century residential building of Chicago. In 1879, Nickerson acquired the home from Buring & Whitehouse of Chicago, designers of the First National Bank where Nickerson had been president since 1867. The interior was designed by William August Fiedler, George A. Schastey & Co., and R.W. Bates & Co.

Prominent Features

The  Driehaus Museum is home to the Driehaus Collection of Fine Arts. The collection features works by Tiffany, the famous glass & furniture maker, and the Herter Brothers. The collection features both furniture and artwork. The collection is also not limited to American works but also features European works as well.


Tours can be guided and arranged but the museum also allows unguided walk-through. There are many exhibits throughout the year which can be attended.


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