About the Museum
Housed in one of Chicago’s grandest examples of the gilded age mansion, the Driehaus Museum aims to preserve and promote the architecture and design of the past. Beginning in 2003, investor and philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus spent five years restoring the magnificent interiors – including a stained glass dome in the Gallery and 17 different types of marble in the Main Hall – of the home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson, originally built in 1883. He also added pieces from his own collection of fine and decorative arts, including classic designs by George A. Schastey, Alphonse Mucha and Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum also holds a number of examples of pre-Raphaelite painting and 19th-century Italian sculpture as well as temporary exhibitions of art nouveau and belle époque art and design.