Driehaus Museum in Chicago, IL preserves the history of architecture and design in Chicago. It has exhibits of architecture, interiors, and collections by artists, architects, and designers. At one time it was the private home of Chicago banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson.
The interior of the building features a front parlor with beveled mirrors, mahogany panels, and decorative furniture. It has a main hall, dining room, reception room, library, gallery, and smoking room. The collection highlights include furniture, lamps, art, sculpture, glassware, clocks, and decorative pieces. It has several parking garages at discounted prices for visitors, nearby.
The Gallery has a large art collection that has evolved over the years. During a renovation, of the room, fireplaces, tall bookcases, and stained glass were installed. The Library is decorated in the style of the English Renaissance with cherry wood paneling and built-in bookcases that line the walls. There are elaborate decorative carvings made of the wood. The walls are decorated with a gold and black fabric.
The museum features changing seasonal exhibits that focus on special interests. Some of the past and present exhibits have been 'Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times', an exhibit that features costumes from a popular television series. The 'A Maker and Muse Exhibit' has over 250 pieces of jewelry from the Victorian era and World War I. It has brooches, hair ornaments, rings, pendants, necklaces, and tiaras.
The museum holds lectures on a monthly basis on topics of design, entertaining, and music. They have concerts and special events for the holidays. It has a museum store with many different gifts items. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a great stop for adults and college students with an interest in design and architecture.